Josephine A. V. Allen


Dr. Josephine Allen (Professor of Social Work) is Professor of Social Work at Binghamton University and Professor Emerita of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. She was Director of the Cornell Baccalaureate Social Work Program from August 1994-May 2001, and was Co-Director of Cornell's Program on Gender and Global Change. 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. She served on a US 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 that award was extended during 2009. Dr. Allen received her MSW, MA in Political Science and PhD in Political Science and Social Welfare Administration and Policy from the University of Michigan.

Educational Background

  • AB, political science and East Asian studies, Vassar College
  • AM, political science, University of Michigan
  • MSW, social work, University of Michigan
  • PhD, political science and social welfare administration and policy, University of Michigan

Current Research Interests

  • Analysis of domestic social welfare policy concerning children and families, juvenile justice, mental health, health, race and gender
  • Comparative social welfare, empowerment, and gender and development

Selected Publications

Hicks, K. E., Allen, J.A. and Wright, E.M. (2005) "Building Holistic HIV/AIDS Responses in African-American Urban Faith Communities: A Qualitative, Multiple Case Study Analysis," Journal of Family & Community Health.

Sarri, R.C., Ruffolo, M., Goodkind, S., Albertson, C. & Allen, J. (2003). Youth in Transition: A Comparative Study of Adolescent Girls in Community-based and Residential Programs. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Allen, J.A. (2001). "Poverty as a Form of Violence: A Structural Perspective," Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Volume 4, Number 2/3. Also published in Letha A. See, Ed., Violence as Seen Through a Prism of Color. Haworth Press, Inc., Binghamton, New York, chapter 4.

Rodriguez, E., Allen, J.A., Frongillo, E., and Chandra, P. (1999). Unemployment, Depression and Health: A Look at the African American Community. The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Allen, J.A. (1994). "Caribbean Americans." Encyclopedia of Social Work. 19th Edition. National Association of Social Workers, Washington, D.C.

Allen, J. A. (1991). "The Roles and Status of Professional Women in Jamaica." Social Development Issues, 13 (2). Also published in Gunilla O. Bjork, Ed. Social Development in a Global Perspective. Eskilstuna/Vasteras, Sweden: Welfare Research Center.

Professor Josephine Allen

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Last Updated: 3/2/14