Professor, author

Danielle writes about: Politics, Society

Danielle Allen is a professor at Harvard, democracy advocate, distinguished columnist and author, and mom.

Her work to make the world better for young people has taken her from teaching college and leading a $60 million university division to driving change at the helm of a $6 billion foundation; writing a column on constitutional democracy for The Washington Post; advocating for cannabis legalization, democracy reform, and civic education; and most recently, to running for governor of Massachusetts.

Allen has published numerous books on justice and citizenship, including Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality; Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.; Democracy in the Time of Coronavirus; and the forthcoming Justice by Means of Democracy.

During the height of Covid in 2020, Allen’s leadership in rallying coalitions and building solutions resulted in the country’s first-ever Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience, and her policies were adopted in federal legislation and a Biden executive order. She continues to advocate for democracy reform to create greater voice and access in our democracy, and drive progress towards a new social contract that delivers healthy communities, a healthy democracy, and a healthy climate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the country.

I still believe that constitutional democracy offers the world’s best hope for human flourishing.


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