Jody Allen received her PhD in American History from the College of William and Mary in 2009. She specializes in African American history and is currently researching the impact of the 1902 constitutional convention and the enactment of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1964 and 1965 on race relations in Hanover County, Virginia. In addition she has co-written a lesson plan for the National Park Service's Teaching With Historic Places website. The plan is based on the 1968 Green v. New Kent County, Virginia
school desegregation case. She and a colleague have received two grants from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to develop a documentary on the Green case. An article on the "Forced Migration of African Americans" in the Encyclopedia of Appalachia
is forthcoming. She has taught the second half of the U.S. History survey and the Introduction to African American History (From Africa to Reconstruction). Dr. Allen is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Lyon G. Tyler Department of History at the College of William and Mary.