Michael Allen

Michael Allen
  • Discipline: Professor of History
  • Organization: University of Washington, Tacoma

Professor Mike Allen was born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington. After serving with the U. S. Marines in Vietnam, he worked for three years as a towboat deckhand and cook on the Mississippi River. He earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in early American history from, respectively, Central Washington State College, University of Montana, and University of Washington. He has taught at Tennessee Technological University, Deep Springs College, Montana State University, Billings, and, since 1990, at UW Tacoma.

Professor Allen has published five books: Western Rivermen, 1763-1861 (1990);Frontiers of Western History (1997, with Mary Hanneman); Rodeo Cowboys in the North American Imagination 1998); Pillar of Liberty: A History of America (forthcoming, with Larry Schweikart); and Congress and the West, 1783-1787 forthcoming). Professor Allen is President of the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame. He lives in Tacoma with his wife Mary, and their children, Jim, Davy, and Caroline.