Dr. Todd Allen

Todd-AllenDr. Todd Allen is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies & Visual Arts at Grove City College. He received his BA in Communication from Geneva College in 1991, an MA in Rhetorical Studies from the University of Akron in 1995, and a PhD in Rhetorical Studies from Duquesne University in 2009.

In 2006 Dr. Allen founded The Common Ground Project, a community-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting an understanding of the Civil Rights Movement. For the past 15 years, in partnership with the PNC Foundation, Dr. Allen has led the “Returning to the Roots of Civil Rights” bus tour, an educational tour which visits many of the key southern sites of the Civil Rights Movement. The tour was featured in a 2006 documentary produced by WQED-Pittsburgh.

For his scholarship, he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Fellowship at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (Yale University, 2010), The New Pittsburgh Courier 50 Men of Excellence (2009), NEH Fellowship (Harvard University, 2008), Minority Opinion Magazine Achiever Award (2007), Pittsburgh Magazine 40 under 40 (2005), the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh Racial Justice Award (2005), and the Geneva College Excellence in Teaching Award (2005-06).

Dr. Allen was a contributor to Black Scholars in White Space: New Vistas in African American Studies from the Christian Academy. He was also named to the Urban Heroes Class of 2015, sponsored by the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry (Pittsburgh, PA) and had his story highlighted in Urban Heroes: Ordinary Pittsburgh Residents Who Do Extraordinary Things Volume 3.

Todd and his wife, Lonette, have been married for 23 years and are the proud parents of a high school senior, Bryce.