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Jody L. Allen

Visiting Assistant Professor, History

Email: [[jlalle]]
Office: Blair 339
Phone: 221-1200
Regional Areas of Research: United States
Thematic Areas of Research: African American, American South, Race and Ethnicity, Women, Gender, and Sexuality


Jody L. Allen, a native of Hampton, VA, earned her doctorate in U.S. history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA in 2007. African American history is her area of specialization including Reconstruction, the Jim Crow Era, school desegregation, and women & gender. Her dissertation considers the consequences of and responses to the 1902 Virginia constitution revisions that disfranchised most African Americans and some whites. She is also working with a colleague to produce "The Green Light," a documentary film on the school desegregation case, Charles C. Green v. the School Board of New Kent County, VA. This little-known 1968 Supreme Court decision led to the integration of public schools throughout the South. She co-authored "Recovering a 'Lost' Story Using Oral History: The United States Supreme Court's Historic Green v. New Kent County, Virginia, Decision" which appeared in The Oral History Review. Currently, Allen is a visiting assistant professor at William and Mary and the co-chair and Managing Director of the Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation. Through her work on The Lemon Project she is exploring the history of the College’s role as slaveholder and proponent of Jim Crow.