David Allen

David Allen
Dean and Professor

David Allen held faculty appointments in Women’s Studies and Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before coming to the UW Seattle School of Nursing as Chair of Psychosocial Nursing in 1988.  Later he chaired the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health in Seattle’s School of Nursing.  He was also Adjunct Professor in Women Studies.  David was Chair of Women Studies (which became Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies) from 2005 until 2012.  He assumed his current role as Director of Nursing and Health Studies Program at UW Bothell in 2012.  When the Program shifted to become the School of Nursing and Health Studies, his role changed to Dean.


David’s scholarship has focused on the intersections of health, health care and social justice.  His publications emphasized theoretical perspectives on the language used by nursing and other health professions that reproduce sexist and racist social discourses.  For several years he led a research collaboration with the Washington State Departments of Corrections, Health and Human Services and several departments in the University of Washington to address mental health issues in jails and prisons.


University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
  • M.S., Nursing - Adult Health and Aging Nurse Practitioner, Specialty-Dementia and Alzheimer's disease
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
  • B.S., Nursing
University of Wisconsin, Center for Twentieth Century Studies
Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Post-doctoral fellowship in contemporary theory
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
  • Ph.D.
  • Dissertation: The phenomenological aesthetics of Mikel DuFrenne
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
  • M.A., Theatre History
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
  • B.A., English (with honors)








  • Masculinity Health and Peace
  • Contesting Masculinities
  • Feminist Methodologies
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Nursing and contemporary social theories
  • Philosophy of nursing
  • Correctional mental health
  • Whiteness and anti-racism in health care
  • Post-structuralism and discourse analysis
  • Colonialism, Post-colonialism, neocolonialism and health care
  • Primary care in gerontology
  • Medical surgical nursing