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Ryan Allen

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Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S Wright
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
Postdoctoral Fellow, History of Science and Technology


I am a historian of European ideas, intellectuals, and culture in the twentieth century. I’m particularly interested in intellectual history, comparative cultural criticism, and the history of the social sciences. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

I have taught courses on European history, social thought, colonialism, and postcolonialism at the University of Illinois. I received my Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois in 2021. Prior to my time at Illinois, I lectured in the History and Religious Studies Departments at California State University, Los Angeles.



Ph.D., History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2021.

M.A., History, California State University, Los Angeles, 2014.

Courses Taught

Europe in the World

Technology in Western Society

Europe in the Twentieth Century

European Thought and Society since 1789

Fiction and Historical Imagination

Western Civilization since 1660

The Holocaust in Historical Perspective

World Civilizations

Social Theories of Religion

Highlighted Publications

“Resurrecting the Archaic: Symbols and Recurrence in Henri Lefebvre’s Revolutionary Romanticism,” Modern Intellectual History 18.2 (2021), 474–496.

Review of Henri Ellenberger and Emmanuel Delille, Ethno-psychiatrie, in History of Psychiatry 29.4 (2018), 499–501.