David Allen is a postdoctoral Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellow at MIT’s Security Studies Program. His book project, Every Citizen a Statesman, shows how the U.S. foreign policy elite tried to reconcile diplomacy with democracy by embarking on a program to educate the public in world affairs, with limited results.
David received his PhD in History from Columbia University in 2019. He took a double first in History from the University of Cambridge, and also holds an MPhil in Historical Studies, with distinction, from Cambridge. He was previously an Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a History and Public Policy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, both at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research has been published in the Historical Journal, the Journal of Cold War Studies, and Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations. Beyond history, he writes on classical music as a critic at the New York Times.