James Smith Allen
Professor, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Dr. James Smith Allen arrived at SIU in 1991, twelve years after he earned his Ph.D. in modern European History at Tufts University. A specialist in nineteenth-century French social and intellectual history, Dr. Allen is interested primarily in the social history of romanticism, reading, feminism, and memory. His publications include three books, Popular French Romanticism: Authors, Readers, and Books in the 19th Century (1991), In the Public Eye: A History of Reading in Modern France (1991), and Poignant Relations: Three Modern French Women (2000).
In 1994 he also edited In the Solitude of My Soul: The Diary of Genevieve Breton, 1867-1871. His current research project is a book-length study of women in modern civic culture, with particular attention to their role in Freemasonry. He has just completed an autobiographical study of personal and historical memory, entitled A Privileged Past.