Ryan Allen

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Contact Information

309 Gregory Hall
810 S Wright
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801

Research Description

My specialization is modern European cultural and intellectual history. My research interests are social thought, comparative cultural criticism, and the history of the human and social sciences. My dissertation examines the merging of these fields in the postwar writings of Georges Bataille, Georges Devereux, Mircea Eliade, and Henri Lefebvre. I have taught a number of courses in modern European history, culture, and thought on such topics as modernism, primitivism, and social theories of religion.


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

Courses Taught

European Thought and Society since 1789
Fiction and Historical Imagination
Western Civilization since 1660
The Holocaust in Historical Perspective
World Civilizations, 600-1750
Social Theories of Religion