Barbara Allen is Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences, Professor and former chair of the Department of Political Science, Carleton and former Director of Women’s Studies at Carleton College, Northfield, MN (United States) as well as Senior Research Fellow of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University (United States). She has received fellowships for various projects including her book, Tocqueville, Covenant, and the Democratic Revolution, from the Bush Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Earhart
Foundation. She has published a number of articles on election campaign news coverage and political advertising and was awarded the American Political Science Association Rowman and Littlefield Innovations in Teaching Award in 2005. She
has received fellowships for various projects from the Bush Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Earhart Foundation. In addition to studies of political communication, she has conducted community-based participatory research on topics of concern to Deaf Americans. Most recently she directed the award-winning feature length documentary, Signing On: Stories of Deaf Breast Cancer Survivors, their Families and Community.