Comparative Literature; Postcolonial Studies
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331
Office: (269) 387-2605
723 Sprau Tower
Ph.D., University of Oregon (1992)
After his B.A. in English (Swarthmore), Allen studied for a secondary teacher certificate and taught high school English for six years. He earned an MAT in English and Education (Lewis and Clark College), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (University of Oregon). His doctoral studies focused on Postcolonial literature in English, Spanish, and French and American minority literatures.
His books are:
Teaching to Exceed the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards: A Literacy Practices Approach for 6-12 Classrooms co-authored with Richard Beach and Amanda Thein. ROUTLEDGE, 2012
Teaching the Literature of Today's Middle East. Addresses teaching contemporary Arabic, Turkish, and Iranian literatures, Middle Eastern American literature, European Orientalist works, and film, and political, historical and cultural materials in college and secondary schools. ROUTLEDGE, 2012.
Teaching Literature in Virtual Worlds: Emersive Learning in English Studies. Edited collection of 12 essays examining the experience of using on-line virtual worlds as teaching tools for specific literary works. ROUTLEDGE, 2012.
The Doctoral Degree in English Education. Edited collection of 17 essays by 37 contributors addressing doctoral preparation of faculty in English teacher education. KENNESAW STATE UP, 2009. Selected as a distribution title by NCTE PRESS.
Literature and the Web: Reading and Responding with New Technologies With Robert Rozema. Addresses the experience of teachers and students using digital archives and web 2.0 technology for the teaching and study of literature. HEINEMANN PRESS, 2008.
Making Subject(s): Literature and the Emergence of National Identity, ROUTLEDGE, 1998. A scholarly and comparative study of Renaissance and postcolonial literature in English, Spanish, and French in a special series in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, edited by Jonathan Hart.
Teaching and Testimony, Rigoberta Menchú and the North American Classroom, SUNY PRESS, 1997. Part of a series, "Interruptions: Border Testimony(ies) and Critical Discourse/s" edited by Henry Giroux.
He has published 30 articles, presented at over 100 conferences, including several keynote addresses, maintains 10 websites, and has won five grants totaling 1.5 million dollars.
Past President of the Michigan Conference on English Education, past member Executive Committee of the National Conference on English Education, and is one of the authors of the State of Michigan 9-12 Language Arts Content Standards.
He designed the "Classroom of the Future" English Education Labs and his virtual world for teaching literature won the A+ Award by Web English Teacher. He won the "Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching" WMU College of Arts and Sciences (2004).
A retired mountaineer, he made the first American assent of the highest peak in the Hindu Kush (Tirich Mir, 25,253') in 1982.