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The UW School of Nursing has a national and international reputation for excellence. An unusually fertile environment for nursing research guides and shapes its baccalaureate and graduate educational programs. It also builds practice that emphasizes leadership skills for the health care needs of a multicultural world.


Box 357260
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-8736

This faculty member is currently not active with the UW School of Nursing.
David G. Allen, PhD, FAAN

Psychosocial & Community Health
Box 357263
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7263

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Struggles for social justice have been my primary motivation throughout my career. In nursing, this started more than a quarter-century ago through a series of articles deconstructing professional nursing and nursing research’s political commitments (and the denial of those commitments behind the discourses of professionalism and science). Since then I have continued to argue that health and justice were inseparable and nursing should engage more explicitly with the relationships among health care and political oppression—whether along dimensions of gender, racialization or social class. My friend and colleague Jan Thompson and I organized an annual conference on feminist and critical theories in nursing for more than a dozen years. When I came to UW, through my appointment in Psychosocial and later Psychosocial and Community Health, Professor Oliver Osborne and I developed the first explicitly anti-racist course and with other colleagues, I turned my attention to the tragedy and injustice of mental illness in prisons. Currently I have a joint appointment, with the majority of my efforts devoted to my work as Chair of the Women Studies department here at UW, Teaching: In nursing I continue to teach a course on philosophies of inquiry that I developed when I first came here and a course on racism and white supremacy in health and human services that is cross-listed with Women Studies. Recently with an amazing team of students, I developed a new course in Women Studies on masculinities. I’ve been around long enough that my former students are now my tenured colleagues!
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