Walter Allen

Walter Allen

Distinguished Professor of Education, Sociology, and African American Studies

Office: Moore Hall 3101A-1


Phone: 310-206-7107

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Ph. D., University of Chicago


Academic experiences, choices and college attainment; status of Black males in American society; social inequality


Allen, Walter R., Robert T. Teranishi, and Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth. “As the World Turns: Implications of Global Shifts in Higher Education for Theory, Research, and Practice.” Advances in Education in Diverse Communities: Resarch, Policy and Praxis, 7, 2012.

Allen, Walter R., Evellyn Elizondo, and Miguel Ceja. “No Color Systems and College Readiness.” Research on Schools, Neighborhoods, and Communities, in press, 2011.

Allen, Walter R., Erin Kimura-Walsh, Kimberly A. Griffin. “Towards a Brighter Tomorrow: Collge barriers, hopes and plans of Black, Latino/a and Asian American students in California.” Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2009.

Allen, Walter R., Uma M. Jayakumar, and Ray Franke. Till Victory is Won: The African American Struggle for Higher Education in California. Los Angeles: “CHOICES” Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA, 2009.

Panter, A.T., Daye, C.E., Allen, W.R., Wightman, L.F. and Deo, M. “Everyday Discrimination in a National Sample of Incoming Law Students.” Journal of Diversity in Higher Education 1, 67-79.

Allen, Walter R., Joseph O. Jewell, Kimberly A. Griffin, and De’Sha Wolf. “Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Then and Now.” In V. G. Thomas and F. C. Jones-Wilson, eds., Journal of Negro Education 76, 3: 263-280. 2007.

Allen, Walter R., Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth, and Robert Teranishi (eds.).Higher Education in a Global Society: Achieving Diversity, Equity, and Excellence. Oxford, England: Elsevier Publishers, 2006.

Allen, Walter R., Uma M. Jayakumar, Kimberly A. Griffin, William S. Korn, and Sylvia Hurtado. Black Undergraduates from Bakke to Grutter: Freshmen Status, Trends and Prospects, 1971-2004. Los Angeles: UCLA Higher Education Research Institute, 2005.

Allen, Walter R., Margaret Beale Spencer, and Carla OConnor, eds. African American Education: Race, Community, Inequality and Achievement – A Tribute to Edgar G. Epps. London: JAI Press, Inc., 2002.

“Opportunities at the Crossroads: School Segregation and Disparate Opportunities for Higher Education in California” (co-authored with R. Teranishi and Daniel Solorzano). Teachers College Record 106, 11: 2224-2247.

African American Education: Race, Community, Inequality and Achievement – A Tribute to Edgar G. Epps (co-edited with M.B. Spencer and C. O’Connor), JAI Press, Inc., 2002.

“Affirmative Action, Educational Equity, and Campus Racial Climate: A Case Study of the University of Michigan Law School” (co-authored with Daniel G. Solórzano). Berkeley La Raza Law Journal 12, 2 (2001): 237-363.

Skin Color, Income and Education: A Comparison of African Americans and Mexican Americans.” National Journal of Sociology12, 1 (Winter 2000): 129-180. (With Edward Telles and Margaret Hunter)

Enacting Diverse Learning Environments: Improving the Climate for Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education. Ashe-Eric Higher Education Report, v.26, n.8 (1999).Washington, DC: George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Comparative Perspectives on Black Families, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, vol. 1 & 2, Special Issue, 1998. (With Angela James)

The Color Line and the Quality of Life in America, (co-authored with Reynolds Farley), Russell Sage Foundation, 1987: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Awards & Grants


Career Achievement Award, Recognized for career contributions to education, Stovall Uplift Education Foundation, 2011

Nominated for President, Association for Study of Higher Education, 2010

AERA Fellows Award, Distinguished research career, American Educational Research Association, 2009

Presidential Citation, American Educational Research Association, 2008

Finalist for President, American Educational Research Association, 2003

Special Merit Award, Association for the Study of Higher Education, 2002

DuBois- Johnson-Frazier Award, American Sociological Association, 2002

Finalist for President, American Sociological Association, 1997

Ellis Joseph Distinguished Scholar Award, University of Dayton, 1997

Harriet and Charles Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA, 1996

Outstanding Community Service Award, Drew/RAND Center on Health and Aging, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, 1996

Distinguished Career Award, Association of Black Sociologists, 1995

Research Excellence Award, American Educational Research Association, 1993