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Michael J. Allen

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2003
Curriculum Vitae


Geographic Field(s):  American History, Since 1900

Thematic Field(s):  War and Empire in History

Principal Research Interest(s):  U.S. Political and Diplomatic History


Michael J. Allen (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2003) researches the relationship between ideas and action in US politics. His book Until The Last Man Comes Home: POWs, MIAs, and the Unending Vietnam War (University of North Carolina Press, 2009) examined the political and cultural legacies of American defeat in the Vietnam Wars through a history of the POW/MIA movement. His current book-in-progress The Center Ring: The Making and Breaking of the Liberal Presidency examines the relationship between liberal reform and presidential power from Franklin Roosevelt to Richard Nixon.


Teaching Interests

  • My teaching, like my research, focuses on modern US History, with particular emphasis on 20th-century political and diplomatic history, the fields in which I accept and train graduate students. At the undergraduate level, I teach lecture courses on the Vietnam Wars, the United States Since 1968, and the second half of the US survey along with seminars on war and society and US politics. I have advised four finished Ph.D. dissertations and am currently primary adviser to one other Ph.D. student. And I have advised eleven undergraduate honors theses. In 2021 he was named Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence.

Recent Awards

  • Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Fellowship, 2015-16.
  • Dirksen Congressional Center Research Award, 2012, 2000.
  • Friends of the Princeton University Library Research Grant, 2011.
  • Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Grant, 2010, 2000.