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Josephine A. Allen


Dr. Josephine A. V. Allen is a professor emerita in the Binghamton University Department of Social Work and a professor emerita at the Cornell University College of Human Ecology Department of Policy Analysis and Management. Dr. Allen received her MA, MSW and PhD 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.


  • AB, Vassar College
  • MA, Michigan
  • MSW, University of Michigan
  • PhD, University of Michigan

Research Interests

  • Comparative social welfare administration and policy
  • gender and development
  • Public policy
  • Comparative social welfare
  • Program evaluation and planning
  • Social justice
  • Juvenile justice