Josephine A. V. Allen


Dr. Josephine Allen is a Professor of Social Work at Binghamton University and a Professor Emerita of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. Dr. Allen received her MA in Political Science, MSW in Social Welfare Administration and Policy, and PhD in Political Science and Social Welfare Administration and Policy from the University of Michigan. 

Her research focuses on comparative social welfare policy; intergenerational communication and reproductive health; empowerment and family support; juvenile justice; and gender. She was co-principal investigator of a Ford Foundation-funded project on empowerment and family support and served on a United States Department of Agriculture HATCH-funded project entitled "Rural ROAD" (Reach Out AIDS/HIV/STD Discussion with Parents, Teens, and Health/Human Service Providers).

Dr. Allen's research and teaching roles have been complemented by leadership roles in several professional organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers, where she served as President, and the International Federation of Social Workers, where she served as Vice President. She was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa's University of the Free State and Fort Hare University in 2008 and 2009. 

Educational Background

  • PhD, Political Science and Social Welfare Administration and Policy, University of Michigan
  • MSW, Social Welfare Administration and Policy,
    University of Michigan
  • MA, Political Science, University of Michigan
  • AB, Political Science and East Asian Studies, Vassar College

Current Research Interests

  • Analyses of domestic social welfare policy concerning children and families, juvenile justice, mental health, health, race and gender, with an emphasis on grandmothers of color who are raising their grandchildren
  • Comparative social welfare, empowerment, and gender and development
  • Policies on HIV/AIDS and their impact on women, through a global perspective
  • Policy initiatives of Lyndon Baines Johnson and their contribution to the social and political well-being of the United States
  • Analysis of social and political evolution in Cuba
  • Social justice, race and reconciliation, urban youth, and the police

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

Allen, J. A. V., Bailey, D., Debus, N., & Wichinsky, L. (in press). The interrelationship of the origins and present state of social work in the United States and Cuba: The power of a profession to bridge cultures [Special issue]. Journal of Human Behavior and Social Environment. 

Walton, H., Jr., Allen, J. A. V., Puckett, S. C., & Deskins, D. R., Jr. (2011). Beyond the second reconstruction: C. Vann Woodward's concept of the third reconstruction in the south. American Review of Politics, 32, 105-130. 

Book Chapters 

Allen, J. A. V., et al. (2012). Woodward's new intellectual stream: The enfranchisement of the freed slave population. In A. Maxwell, T. Shields, & J. Whayne (Eds.), The Ongoing Burden of Southern History: Politics and Identity in the Twenty-First Century South. New Orleans, LA: Louisiana State University Press.

Walton, H., Jr., Allen, J. A. V., Puckett, S. C., & Deskins, D. R., Jr. (2011). Dead certain: The election of Barack Obama and its implications for racial politics. In C. P. Henry, R. L. Allen, & R. Chrisman, (Eds), The Obama Phenomenon: Toward a Multiracial Democracy. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Josephine Allen

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Last Updated: 8/19/14