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Jeffner M. Allen

Professor; TRIP Courtesy Title

Africana Studies; Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP)


Jeffner Allen is Professor of Philosophy, Africana Studies, Philosophy, Interpretation, Culture (PIC), and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is also an affiliated faculty member in Asian and Asian American Studies, Center for Korean Studies, and Philosophy, Literature, Culture (PLC).


  • PhD, Duquesne University
  • MA, BA, University of California at San Diego

Research Interests

  • Cultural Imaginaries and Representation
  • Trans-Genre Writing
  • Feminist and Lesbian Studies
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Diasporic Literatures
  • Water and Environmental Studies
  • Transdisciplinary Studies
  • Multi-Platform Works
  • 20th and 21st Century European Philosophy


  • Award for Faculty Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring
  • Asian and Asian American Studies Curriculum Grant Award
  • NYS/UUP Affirmative Action Recruitment Award
  • Fellow, Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center, Friday Harbor Laboratories
  • Visual artist in Residence, Saltonstall Arts Colony studio session

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Reef Passions: Postcolonial Aesthetics between Coral Reefs [in process]

"SINUOSITIES \\ Lesbian Poetic Politics (Indiana University Press, 1996)"

r e v e r b e r a t i o n s across the shimmering CASCADAS (SUNY Press, 1994)

Lesbian Philosophies and Cultures (SUNY Press, 1990) [anthology]

The Thinking Muse: Feminism and Recent French Thought, coeditor (Indiana University Press, 1989) [anthology]

Lesbian Philosophy: Explorations (Institute of Lesbian Studies, 1987)