Dr. Tennille Allen

Chair, Professor, Applied Sociology and Political Science

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2009
M.A., Northwestern University, 2001

Urban Sociology, Urban Poverty, Gender, Marriage and the Family Social Stratification, Social Inequality, Racial and Ethnic Relations, Race and Ethnicity

American Sociological Association
Midwest Sociological Society
Association of Black Sociologists

Scholarly Publications:

Hill,V.& Allen, T.N. (2017) Hanging Out: The Psychology of Socializing. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.

“I didn’t let everybody come in my house: Exploring Bell Hooks’ Notion of the Homeplace.” The CLR James Journal, 17. (2011)

Allen, T. (2014, August). ‘They not just fixing this up for us’: Fears of displacement in a mixed-income community. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA.

“Constructing communities, constructing identities: Negotiating class and racial identities in a mixed-income housing development” at annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, Minneapolis, Minn. March 2012

“Uppity? Ghetto? Black?: Negotiating identity in a mixed-income community” at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, Nev. August 2011

“Helping up, helping out” at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Las Vegas, Nev.

“Friends, Acquaintances, and Associates: Exploring the Social Networks of African-American Women Living in Mixed-Income Public Housing,” International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, May 22, 2009.

“I Keep to Myself: Negotiating Social Interactions Under Conditions of Scrutiny,” Society for the Study of Social Problems, August 7, 2009.

“Network Heterogeneity in Mixed and Homogeneous Public Housing with Latin-American Immigrant Women and African-American Women” with Silvia Dominguez of Northeastern University, American Sociological Association, August 8, 2009.

“Mixing it Up: Social Networks and Interactions in a Mixed-Income Community,” Midwest Sociological Society, March 31, 2010.

“Do Mixed Income Developments Increase the Heterogeneity in Networks of Low-Income Women?” with Silvia Dominguez of Northeastern University, Harvard University Immigration Workshop, May 2009.


  • Lasallian Research Award for “Girls Shaping Identity”
  • Faculty Scholar for “Investigating Inequity in Oak Park”

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