Diane Allen Fellowship at Harvard’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Institute

Thursday, Apr 01, 2021



The College of Architecture, Public Affairs, and Planning congratulates Dr. Diane Jones Allen on her Fellowship Residency with the Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Institute. Her appointment as a Fellow is for the 2021-2022 academic year and a full-time residency.

Dumbarton Oaks is a Harvard University research institute, library, museum, and garden located in Washington, DC. Dumbarton Oaks supports the pursuit of the humanities as a whole, focusing on the disciplines of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, Garden and Landscape Studies.

Dr. Diane Jones Allen has established a national reputation by bridging practice and research in the areas she cares most about; transportation access, sustainability, and environmental justice. These motivations have led to a research and creative output that is remarkable for the holistic integration of academic productivity with successful and meaningful practice.

Dr. Allen will be completing her research and writing her book 'The Maroon Landscape: A Cultural Approach to Coastal Resiliency.'The Book will explore the culture and way of life of Maroons, or runaway slaves, who lived in the Louisiana Central Wetlands centuries ago. The Maroon landscape and way of life will be mined to examine its potential contribution to ecological protection and climate adaptation for coastal communities.

Dr. Allen hopes that her leave and book project will strengthen UT Arlington's reputation for original scholarship and contribute to the current dialogue about the need to diversify and expand the center of landscape history,and theory while also incorporating the Diversity, Equity, andInclusion(DEI) commitment to diverse teaching, research, and service. 

We are so proud of Dr. Allen for this well-deserved achievement and recognization. The opportunity to gain access to resources that will help her research is profound. CAPPA expresses a heartfelt congratulations and wishes Dr. Allen the best of luck with her Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship.

Her appointment is set to start on September 13, 2021, to May 13, 2022.


"The programs at Dumbarton Oaks are highly regarded, and accepting this fellowship would provide an opportunity to concentrate on my research for an uninterrupted period. It would provide access to resources and archives that would be difficult for me to access from afar. I would also enjoy the collegiality and interaction with other scholars focused on landscape research and theory.

This research will attract new students to the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs(CAPPA), who are interested in research on contemporary topics of great importance to the future of the profession. "


- Diane Allen