Danielle Allen has been awarded the 2020 John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity.
Allen is the principal investigator of the Democratic Knowledge Project, a K-16 educational platform designed to identify and disseminate the knowledge and capacities required for democratic citizenship. She is also co-chair of a bipartisan commission, convened by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which recommended 31 steps to strengthen American institutions and civic culture to help a nation in crisis emerge with a more resilient democracy.
Allen is the author of Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, an analysis that reinvigorates public understanding of the founding document of the United States.
Her 2017 memoir, Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A, examines the way that racism in the justice system and mass incarceration impacted her own family. In it, she made a call for equality before the law and civic participation that animates all of her work.
The Kluge Prize recognizes individuals whose outstanding scholarship in the humanities and social sciences has shaped public affairs and civil society. The international prize highlights the value of researchers who communicate beyond the scholarly community and have had a major impact on social and political issues.