Josephine A. V. Allen


Dr. Josephine A. V. 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 Act-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; the International Federation of Social Workers, where she served as Vice President; and the Council on Social Work Education, where she served as a Board Member.

She was a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa in 2008 and 2009. While there, she was affiliated with the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein and with Fort Hare University in Alice.

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

  • Policy analysis in the areas of child welfare, the aged, juvenile justice, mental health, health, race, gender and children and families, including kinship care and grandparents who are raising their grandchildren
  • Comparative social welfare policies and programs, empowerment, gender and development, including a project in Pakistan
  • Policies around HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases and their impact on women from a global perspective
  • Policies initiated by Lyndon Baines Johnson and their contribution to the country's social and political well-being
  • Perspectives on violence, belonging, and citizenship among Christians in Pakistan, including inquiries about how gender and class structure their identities and their realities
  • Analysis of the social and political evolution of the Cuban society
  • Social justice, race and reconciliation

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles 

Allen, J. A. V., Bailey, D., Debus, N., & Wichinsky, L. (2015). 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. Journal of Human Behavior and Social Environment, 25(1), 18-25. doi:10.1080/10911359.2014.953426

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.

Josephine A.V. Allen

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Curriculum Vitae (.pdf, 125kb)

Last Updated: 1/13/16