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Patrick S. Allen

Patrick S. Allen

English Graduate Assistant

201 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802


  1. Ph.D., English, Pennsylvania State University
  2. M.A., English, Pennsylvania State University
  3. M.Ed., Secondary Education, Providence College
  4. B.A., English, Providence College

Professional Bio

Patrick S. Allen defended his dissertation, "A Practice of Print: Race, Doctoring, and Medicine in Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem Black Print Culture," in February 2020. His research attends particularly to the figure of the Black doctor in fiction and medical texts and combines his interests in print culture and the critical medical humanities.

In spring 2020, Patrick is teaching "Slavery and the Literary Imagination" (AFAM/ENGL 469). He has also taught "Reading Popular Texts" (ENGL 130), "The Life and Thought of Malcolm X" (AFAM 147), and courses in rhetoric and composition, with concentrations in education and bioethics (ENGL 015). He served as a Program in Writing and Rhetoric assistant during the 2015-2016 academic year, edited Penn Statements 2016 (with Shannon Stimpson), and composed the Instructor's Manual for The New Harbrace Guide (Third Edition) by Cheryl Glenn. He also worked as the African American Studies Department's Research Assistant from 2016-2018. Patrick was the Center for American Literary Studies Summer Graduate Fellow in American Literature and Culture (2018) and a Predoctoral Fellow with the Center for Humanities and Information (2018-19).

Patrick is a member of the Advisory Board and 2021 Conference Planning Committee of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW). He has published an article on the printed work of nineteenth-century African American "doctresses" in Arizona Quarterly (winter 2018).