Senior Scholar in Residence, Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization, University of Colorado
William B. Allen, emeritus professor of political philosophy in the Department of Political Science and emeritus dean, James Madison College, at Michigan State University, was the 2018–20 Senior Scholar in Residence in the Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization at the University of Colorado. He served on the US National Council for the Humanities and as chair of the US Commission on Civil Rights. He is chief operating officer at the Center for Urban Renewal and Education. His books include Re-Thinking Uncle Tom: The Political Philosophy of H. B. StoweandGeorge Washington: America’s First Progressive.
Though Americans in 2020 felt the weight every day of a global pandemic, in the end they endured. What was harder to appreciate at the time was the pandemic's long-lasting impact on American politics—and democracy itself.