Craig Lanier Allen, the postdoctoral fellow in African American history in the Department of History, has received an inaugural Emerging Voices Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Allen is a historian of the United States in the 20th century, focusing on foreign relations, comparative urban history and theory, and American literature. This fall, he is teaching an undergraduate course at Case Western Reserve, HSTY 267: Black Paris: African Americans in the City of Lights.
Allen also will continue to work on his book project, The Café Tournon: Exile, Resistance and Surveillance on the Left Bank. It tells the story of a small Parisian café through the lens of its historical significance as a lieu de mémoire (site of memory), and its centrality as a place of interwar exile in Paris, wartime resistance under German occupation, and site of Cold War surveillance by American intelligence agencies. Read more about his research here.