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W B Allen

W B Allen

Emeritus Dean, James Madison College/Professor of Political Philosophy, Michigan State University; 2008-09 Senior Scholar in the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University; formerly member National Council for the Humanities

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Education: B. A., Pepperdine College (1967); M. A. (1968), Ph.D. (1972), Claremont Graduate School.

Languages: French (fluent); Greek (competent); Latin (weak); German (reading, weak); Spanish (reading); Italian (reading, weak).

Current Position/Fields: Emeritus Dean, James Madison College and Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University. Fields: political philosophy, American government, jurisprudence

Academic Advisor and Faculty Member, Institute for Responsible Citizenship, Washington, D. C. (Georgetown University), 2002-Present

Prior Professional Experience:

Visiting Senior Scholar, the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University, 2008-2009

2006-07: Ann & Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton

2004-06: Chair, Working Group for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education, Michigan State University

Director, Program in Public Policy and Administration, Michigan State University (2002-2005)

Executive Director, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (1998-99, on leave from MSU)

Dean and Professor, James Madison College, Michigan State University (1993 – 1998)

Harvey Mudd College, Professor of Government, 1972-94

Chairman, United States Commission on Civil Rights, August 8, 1988 to October 23, 1989

Member, National Council on the Humanities, 1984-1987 (resigned to take seat on Commission on Civil Rights)


Booker T. Washington Legacy Award, Heartland Institute, Chicago, IL. Fulbright Senior Specialists Roster, 2002-2007. LlD (honoris causa), Averett College, 1998. 1997 Templeton Honor Roll (individually and institutionally). Ll.D. (honoris causa), 1988, Pepperdine University. Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Bicentennial Educational Grant Program, 1988-89. Earhart Foundation Research Grant, 1986-87. Prix Montesquieu, 1986, Academie de Montesquieu. Member, Académie de Montesquieu, 1984. Kellogg National Fellow, Kellogg Foundation, 1984-87. Fulbright Advanced Teaching Fellow (France), 1970-71.


Some Books

Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. Stowe (Lexington Books), 2009.

George Washington: America’s First Progressive (Peter Lang, Inc.), 2008.

The Personal and the Political: Three Fables by Montesquieu (UPA), 2008.

Habits of Mind: Fostering Excellence and Access in Higher Education, with Carol M. Allen, Transaction Publishers, Inc. (2003)

George Washington: A Collection, editor and Introduction (Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1988) 3d printing, 2003.

The Federalist Papers: A Commentary: The “Baton Rouge Lectures.” A full-length commentary, plus an analytical legal index. New York: Peter Lang, Inc., 2000.

Some Chapters in Books & Volumes

“Summary: Science and Religion”. Statistics Science and Public Policy. XIII. Science and Religion. Edited by A. M. Herzberg (Kingston, ONT: Queens University, 2009).

“Moving from Diversity to Inclusion: The Way Forward,” in Ending Racial Preferences: The Michigan Story by Carol M. Allen, (Lexington Books, 2008).

“Rising by Falling: George Washington and the Concept of a Limited Presidency,” for 12 Decisions That Made a Difference, U. S. State Department, 2007.

“Political Arithmetic: Social Science, Scientific Revolution, Political Innovation,” in Statistics Science and Public Policy. IX. Government, Science and Politics. edited by A. M. Herzberg and R. W. Oldford (Kingston, ONT: Queens University, 2005).

“The Laws of Science and the Rule of Law.”Statistics, Science and Public Policy. VIII. Science, Ethics and the Law (Kingston, Ontario, Canada: Queen’s University, 2004).

"Machiavelli and Modernity: The Strength of Justice; Thoughts on Machiavelli's Prince," in Machiavelli's Prince, translation and commentaries, tr. by Angelo Codevilla, New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1997.

"The Truth About Citizenship: An Outline," Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 4, No. 2, Summer 1996, pp. 355-372.

"E Pluribus Unum: Sentieri Verso L'Unita," in Etnie, Culture e Unita dell'Europa, ed. by Vincenzo Buonomo (Milan, Italy: FrancoAngeli s.r.l., 1992), proceedings of the International Symposium on "Il Nuovo Pluralismo," held at Treviso, Italy, November, 1989.

"Egalite et Droit dans le Monde Actuel," in Ethique et droit A l'age democratique, (Caen, France: Centre de Philosophie Politique et Juridique), 1990:18 (pp. 175-88).

Some Articles

Radicals and Librarians: Finding Inspiration in Black History by W.B. Allen (Pamphlet - 2005)

“That all Tragedy is Local: Book 18 of Spirit of the Laws,”Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, 31:2:2004.

“Equality and Right in the Contemporary World,”The Good Society: A PEGS Journal, vol. 9 no. 1, 1999, pp. 84-89.

"L'Ethique de Montesquieu: Principe de la fondation de la democratie americaine," PRIX MONTESQUIEU, Academie Montesquieu, Actes, 2, 95-128 (1986). to Shut Down Permanently on December 31, 2017

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