Robert L. Allen is Professor Emeritus of Ethnic Studies and African American Studies. Robert Allen received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco. Before coming to UC Berkeley he taught at San Jose State University and Mills College. He is the author or co-editor of eight books and many articles and book reviews.
His books include Black Awakening in Capitalist America, Reluctant Reformers: The Impact of Racism on Social Movement in the U.S.; The Port Chicago Mutiny; and Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America. His most recent books are Strong in the Struggle (the life of labor leader Lee Brown), and Honoring Sergeant Carter: A Family’s Journey to Uncover the Truth About an American Hero.
He is presently researching the life and work of C.L. Dellums, a leader of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters Union. In addition to teaching and research, Allen is an editor (with Robert Chrisman) of The Black Scholar journal. His areas of interest include social movements, labor studies, and race & gender studies. Allen has been the recipient of many honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an American Book Award (shared with co-editor Herb Boyd for Brotherman).