Jean Allman is the J.H. Hexter Professor in the Humanities and professor of history at Washington University. She is currently director of the Center for the Humanities. Allman’s research and published work engages nineteenth and twentieth century African history, with a focus on gender, colonialism, nation, and the post-colonial state and has been supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright-Hays, and the Mellon Foundation. Allman received her B.A. and Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University. Before arriving at Washington University, Allman was professor of history at the University of Illinois and director of its Center for African Studies (a U.S. Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Center). She has also taught at the University of Minnesota and the University of Missouri.
Allman is the author of The Quills of the Porcupine: Asante Nationalism in an Emergent Ghana, “I Will Not Eat Stone”: A Women’s History of Colonial Asante (with V. Tashjian), and Tongnaab: The History of a West African God (with J. Parker) and has edited and introduced several collections, including Fashioning Africa: Power and the Politics of Dress. Allman’s articles have appeared in a number of journals, including the American Historical Review, Journal of African History, Africa, Gender and History, the International Journal of African Historical Studies, Journal of Women’s History, History Workshop Journal and Souls. For six years she edited the Journal of Women’s History with Antoinette Burton and currently co-edits Ohio’s New African Histories series with Allen Isaacman and Derek Peterson.