Diversity Research Institute

Chadwick Allen

Chadwick Allen, Ph.D.

  • Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement


Norma E. Rodriguez

  • Director, Office for Faculty Advancement


The UW Diversity Research Institute (DRI), developed in 2004 by the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, focuses on generating new, interdisciplinary knowledge about diversity, social justice and institutional transformation. Led by Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement Chadwick Allen, the DRI hosts an annual research conference and an invited lecture series, and supports a number of diversity-related events across the University. In addition, the DRI works closely with other research centers on campus that encourage and support faculty research on underserved, understudied, and underrepresented communities.

The Office of Faculty Advancement and the Diversity Research Institute are closely integrated, allowing for issues of faculty recruitment and retention to be aligned with issues of research.

Allen joined the UW on August 17, 2015. Most recently, he was a professor of English and associate dean for faculty research in the Division of Arts and Humanities at The Ohio State University’s College of Arts & Sciences. A leading scholar in Native American and global Indigenous studies, he is the recipient of two Fulbright fellowships to Aotearoa New Zealand, where he studied Maori literature and culture at Auckland University. In addition to his primary work in Indigenous studies, Allen has a strong interest in frontier studies and the popular western. He has written extensively on the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Allen received a Ph.D. in comparative cultural and literary studies from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree in writing from Washington University and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in the comparative study of religion from Harvard University.


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