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Allison Blakely

Allison Blakely*

Appointed By: Barack Obama
Date of Appointment: Mon, 2011-01-10
Term Expiration: Tue, 2016-01-26

Allison Blakely is a Professor of European and Comparative History, and the George and Joyce Wein Professor of African American Studies at Boston University. He joined the Boston University faculty in 2001 after teaching for thirty years at Howard University. He is the author of Blacks in the Dutch World: Racial Imagery and Modernization; Russia and the Negro: Blacks in Russian History and Thought (a winner of an American Book Award in 1988); several articles on Russian populism; and others on various European aspects of the Black Diaspora. His interest in comparative history has centered on comparative populism and on the historical evolution of color prejudice. He is the immediate past President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and serves on its governing Senate and the Editorial Board of its journal, The American Scholar. Mr. Blakely was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam, was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in 1962-63, and an Andrew Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, 1976-77. He received the Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award from Howard University in 1992. Mr. Blakely received his B.A. from the University of Oregon and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. (Term expires January 26, 2016.)