In 2017, Professor Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, was our third Democracy Fellow.

Prof. Allen has written extensively on the themes of justice, citizenship, and political equality. Her work includes Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (2014) and Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown v. Board of Education (2004). She directs The Democratic Knowledge Project at the Institute for Advanced Study, where she leads four research projects with social ambitions—such as increasing high school voter turnout and guiding the production of media platforms that can better support youth civic and political engagement.

In her role as Democracy Fellow, Professor Allen gave a public talk (video available here) and led a three-part seminar series for young scholars in the social sciences. The theme of her residency was “Political Equality.”