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Walter Allen

Distinguished Professor, Allan Murray Cartter Professor of Higher Education
Walter Allen
Walter Allen
Distinguished Professor, Allan Murray Cartter Professor of Higher Education

Research Center


  • Distinguished Professor of Education, Sociology, and African American Studies
  • Allan Murray Cartter Chair in Higher Education


  • Postdoctoral Study, Psycho-Social Epidemiology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1979
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago, 1975
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Chicago, 1973
  • B.A., Sociology, Beloit College (Wisconsin), 1971

Awards, Honors, and Publications

  • Dr. John Hope Franklin Award, 2020
  • National Academy of Education Member, 2018
  • AERA Scholars of Color Distinguished Career Contribution Award, 2016
  • Career Achievement Award, Recognized for career contributions to education, Stovall Uplift Education Foundation, 2011

Selected Publications

  • Huerta, A. H., McDonough, P. M., Venegas, K. M., & Allen, W. R. (2020). "College is...: focusing on the college knowledge of gang-associated Latino young men." Urban Education, 0042085920934854.
  • Trevon L. Fuller, Paul R. Sesink Clee, Kevin Y. Njabo, Anthony Tróchez, Katy Morgan, Demetrio Bocuma Meñe, Nicola M. Anthony, Mary Katherine Gonder, Walter R. Allen, Rachid Hanna, Thomas B. Smith, “Climate warming causes declines in crop yields and lowers school attendance rates in Central Africa,” Science of The Total Environment, 610–611, 503-510, 2018
  • Huerta, A.H., McDonough, P.M. & Allen, W.R. ‘“You can go to college’: Employing a Developmental Perspective to Examine How Young Men of Color Construct a College-Going Identity”. Urban Rev 50, 713–734, 2018
  • Allen, W. R., McLewis, C., Jones, C., & Harris, D. (2018). "From Bakke to Fisher: African American students in US higher education over forty years." RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 4(6), 41-72.