Kelly Allen

Assistant Professor

Kelly Allen

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Education and Human Development
Department of Advanced Studies & Innovation


Kelly R. Allen, Ph.D earned her doctorate in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research examines pedagogical implementations of hip-hop based education.


  • Ph.D., Urban Education and Leadership University of Wisconsin - Milw, 2022

  • MS, Urban Studies/Affairs University of Wisconsin - Milw, 2018

  • CER, Education, Other University of Wisconsin - Milw, 2017

  • BS, History, General University of Wisconsin - Milw, 2015

Awards & Honors

  • Article of the Year Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 2022

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • EDUC 7007

    Cultural Studies in Ed
  • EDCI 7364

    Improving Instruction
  • EDUC 6950

    Selected Topics

Teaching Interests

Kelly enjoys teaching courses that examine issues of race, diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Selected Recent Publications

  • "The 13th Amendment, It Don't Say That We Kings": Teaching the History of Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform Through Hip-Hop Pedagogy, 2022
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • “Good Teachers” with “Good Intentions”: Misappropriations of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Kelly's research explores pedagogical and curriculum implementations of hip-hop based education. Kelly is specifically interested in how race and racism influence the implementation of hip-hop in educational spaces. Guided by theoretical frameworks like critical race theory, critical whiteness studies, and Black feminism, Kelly’s research seeks to illuminate the experiences of systematically excluded students, teachers, and communities.

Professional Service

  • Hip Hop Theories, Praxis and Pedagogies SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2022 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair