Staff profile

Allison Rank

Assistant Professor


437 Mahar Hall

Dr. Rank received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. She teaches classes in American politics for the department with a focus on American political development and political communication. Her dissertation, "Bums, Revolutionaries, or Citizens? A Political History of Youth in Twentieth Century America," explores how political elites continually sought to channel young people away from radical or revolutionary aims and into mainstream politics. Elites viewed the category of youth — theoretically a demographic based solely on age — through the racial politics of the moment giving the ideal young person a distinctly white hue. Her work has appeared in Citizenship Studies and PS: Political Science & Politics.