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Henry Allen, Ph.D.

Sociology and Anthropology Department

Professor of Sociology
On Faculty since 1998

Phone: (630)752-7222
Fax: (630)752-5294
Email: henry.allen@wheaton.edu


Ph.D., University of Chicago, IL, 1988 - Dissertation titled, "The Career Mobility of Black College Faculty."

Faculty, B.A., Wheaton College, IL 1977

Dr. Allen's C.V.

About Henry Allen

Henry Lee Allen is Professor of Sociology (and Chairperson) in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Wheaton College. He has earned graduate degrees from the University of Chicago. Before his current appointment, Professor Allen held faculty positions at Bethel College (MN), Calvin College (MI), the Margaret S. Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester (NY), and the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY). He has published numerous articles about sociology, ethnicity (diversity), and American higher education. His most recent publications have investigated the organizational dynamics of workload and productivity issues for the next generation of faculty in higher education. Dr. Allen's major research interests include the sociology of higher education, complex organizations, criminology, and mathematical sociology. A member of the Oxford Round Table, Hank has also held professional memberships with the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Mathematical Association, the Game Theory Society, and the Mathematical Association of America, among others. Moreover, Professor Allen has been associated with a variety of national and regional agencies, including the National Education Association, FBI Academy and other law enforcement venues, the American Bible Society (studies in the sociology of religion), various school systems, the Aspen Institute, the Kettering Foundation, New England Complex Systems Institute, and Wolfram Research (Mathematica).

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Crime and Delinquency
  • Urban Sociology
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Organizations

Membership in Professional Societies

  • North American Association of Christian Social Workers (NACSW)
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • The Planetary Society
  • Woodrow Wilson Center of Scholars
  • The North American Association for Computational, Social and Organization Science


Individual: Dr. Allen is currently involved in various research projects focusing on issues of academic organizations and systems, mathematical and computational sociology, and the sociology of science. Dr. Allen is currently working on several research projects for the American Bible Society and the National Education Association. He is involved in several on-going research projects, including a multivariate sociological study of organizational changes affecting 241 institutions of higher education in the Harvard Faculty Appointment and Policy Archive. Dr. Allen is also in the process of writing a book about the use of mathematical and computational models in analyzing academic systems as well as a reprisal of his doctoral dissertation study that focuses on organizational changes in historically black colleges.

With Students: He is supervising student research on the history of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Wheaton College. He has served on the departmental committee charged with producing the departmental newsletter, planning special events, and organizing alumni functions.


Below is a sample of some of Dr. Allen's published works. If you are interested in a complete list of all of his works (articles, presentations, etc.), please contact him.

Allen, Henry L. "Veblen Revisited: Faculty Workload and Productivity in an Era of Privatization and Assessment" In The NEA 2006 Almanac of Higher Education, 81-94. Washington, D.C.: NEA Publishing, 2006.

Allen, Henry L. 2002. "The Organizational Demography of Faculty Tenure: 1980-2000." Pp. 59-72 in The NEA 2002 Almanac of Higher Education. Washington, D.C.: NEA Publishing.

Allen, Henry L. 2002. "The Quest for Biblical Community: Mixing Oral and Written Cultures." Pp. 167-181 in The Church of the New Millennium - True Unity (Harmony) in the Church, edited by D. Perry. Chicago, IL: Moody Press.

Allen, Henry. L. 2000. "Tenure: Why Faculty, and the Nation, Need It." Pp. 95-110 in Thought and Action, Fall 2000: The NEA Higher Education Journal. Washington, D.C.: NEA Publishing.

Allen, Henry L. 1999. "Evangelizing Professionals: Workers in the Field." Pp. 169-183 in Evangelism and Discipleship in African-American Churches, edited by L. June. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Allen, Henry. L. 1999. "The Ideology of 'Equal Opportunity' in Modern School Systems." The Quarterly Journal of Ideology, 22(1-2):5-13.