Danielle Allen

Cambridge, Mass.

Contributing columnist
Danielle Allen, a Washington Post contributing columnist, is a political theorist at Harvard University, where she is James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Ethics. She has published numerous books on justice and citizenship, including most recently “Democracy in the Time of Coronavirus,” as well as the acclaimed 2017 family memoir “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.” In 2015, she served as chair of the Pulitzer Prize board, and in 2021 she entered the Democratic primary for governor of Massachusetts before ending her campaign in Febr
Latest from Danielle Allen

How social media has undermined our constitutional architecture

The vision of the Founders relied on distance to keep factions from overwhelming our system. But they couldn't have anticipated the internet.

August 15, 2022

I ran for office full of anger and despair. I felt hope when I dropped out.

My foray into Massachusetts politics didn't end the way I wanted. But it did make me feel a lot better about my state and country.

June 8, 2022

The four kinds of truth America needs to pursue reconciliation

What is the path of recuperation?

January 21, 2021

Why I’m exploring a run for governor of Massachusetts

It is time for me to directly pay back the immense privileges I’ve been granted.

December 18, 2020

Incarcerated people are suffering from covid-19 more than most. They should be among the first vaccinated.

States that include inmates in their first tier of prioritization for vaccine distribution are restoring a broken social bond.

December 9, 2020

Trump’s presidency was a crash course in civics. We can be thankful for that.

Now, let’s do more to invest in civic education.

November 26, 2020

We’ve figured out it’s safe to have schools open. Keep them that way.

We shouldn't go back to the blanket closures deemed necessary last spring.

November 19, 2020

Me, Tucker Carlson and the danger to democracy posed by false allegations

When an accusation is false, it is equivalent to the theft of the victim’s reputation and standing in the community.

November 12, 2020

Why voting should be treated like jury duty

The health of the American people has been held hostage in a fight over voting rights.

October 28, 2020