Allen, David

Field: International and Global; Advisor: Connelly; Year: 2012

Field: International/Global
Advisor: Matthew Connelly
Year: 2012

David Allen is a doctoral candidate in International and Global History at Columbia University and the Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Born in Nottingham in the United Kingdom, David took a double first in History from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 2010. After a year as a Herchel Smith Scholar at Harvard University, he took an MPhil in Historical Studies, with distinction, in 2012, also from Emmanuel College.

David’s work focuses on the intersection of foreign and domestic politics in the United States. His dissertation explores the extent of public engagement with foreign policy from the end of World War I to the Vietnam War, through a history of the movement for citizen education in world affairs. Concentrating on the Foreign Policy Association and the national network of community World Affairs Councils, the thesis moves between the state, philanthropic foundations, universities and activism to offer a new approach to an old question: how democratic has American foreign policy been?

David was an inaugural Fellow in History and Public Policy at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School in 2016-17. His work has been published in the Historical Journal and the Journal of Cold War Studies, and he is the only graduate student to have contributed to the major state-of-the-field volume, Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations.

At Columbia, David served as the Graduate History Association’s co-president for 2013-14, and has benefitted from AHA-Mellon Career Diversity Pilot Program and Columbia’s History in Action initiative, helping him to act as a freelance classical music critic for The New York Times since 2014. His articles are collected here.


“Internationalist Exhibitionism: The League of Nations at the New York World’s Fair, 1939–

1940,” in Jonas Brendebach, Martin Herzer, and Heidi Evans Tworek (eds.), Communicating International Organizations in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Audiences, Actors, Intentions (forthcoming)

With Matthew Connelly, “Diplomatic History After the Big Bang: Using Computational Methods to Explore the Infinite Archive,” in Frank Costigliola and Michael J. Hogan (eds.), Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations, third edition (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

“Realism and Malarkey: Henry Kissinger, the State Department, and Domestic Consensus,” Journal of Cold War Studies 17 (Summer 2015), pp. 184-219

“The Peace Corps in US Foreign Relations and Church-State Politics,” Historical Journal 58 (March 2015), pp. 245-273