Walter Allen

Phone: (310) 206-7107


Office: Moore Hall 3101A-1

Distinguished Professor, Allan Murray Cartter Professor of Higher Education; Professor, Department of African American Studies and Department of Sociology

The recipient of numerous honors, including the AERA Fellows Award from the American Educational Research Association in 2009, Allen came to UCLA in 1988 as a Professor of Sociology after serving on the faculty of the University of Michigan from 1979 to 1991. He is the Allan Murray Cartter Professor of Higher Education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (GSE&IS) and is the 2011-12 Fellow of the Sudikoff Family Institute of Education & New Media, an initiative for the public engagement of GSE&IS faculty.

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Comparative race, ethnicity and inequality
  • Diversity in higher education
  • Family studies
  • Postdoctoral Study, Psycho-Social Epidemiology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1979
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago, 1975
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Chicago, 1973
  • B.A., Sociology, Beloit College (Wisconsin), 1971
  • 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.
  • 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