is the inaugural Race, Place, and Equity Postdoctoral Fellow as part of a University-wide Mellon Foundation program at the University of Virginia School of Law. With more than a decade of interdisciplinary training, his research focuses on the role of police, and the law governing police, in the lives of students across U.S. public schools. Allen’s teaching interests span several fields foundational to the study of constitutional law, education law, criminal procedure, remedies, and race and the law. Allen previously earned a J.D. and Ph.D. in education and information studies from UCLA, an M.A. in education policy from Columbia University and B.A. in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. During this time at UCLA, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review. Allen has also worked in various research capacities at organizations such as Meta, RAND Corp., the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. After his undergraduate studies, Allen interned at the White House and served as an advance associate for the Obama administration.