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Jeffner M. Allen

Professor; TRIP Courtesy Title

Africana Studies; Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP)


Jeffner Allen is a professor of Africana Studies and philosophy. She is an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Korean Studies, Comparative Literature, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and holds a Courtesy Title in the Translation, Research and Instruction Program (TRIP).


  • 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)