Claudia Allen is a recent graduate of Georgetown University's Department of English. Identifying the literary shift of the Bible's use as a tool of racial oppression to a tool of gender oppression, Claudia's Master's Thesis entitled, "The Holy Oven: Oppressive Hermeneutics in Toni Morrison's Paradise" looked at how African American communities that prioritized the Bible as a sacred-authoritative text often extracted interpretations from it to suppress women socially, sexually, and spiritually. Prior to beginning her graduate work at Georgetown, Claudia did her undergraduate work at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. There she became the first student to graduate with a minor in leadership. Students in the Undergraduate Leadership program were required to complete a Change Project of their choosing. The purpose of this project was for students to identify a problem and compose a solution. Claudia's change project entitled, "Why We Can't Wait: A Segregated Curriculum at an Integrated University" chronicled her construction and successful implementation of an African American Studies Minor housed out of the Andrews University History Department. Invested in the intersectionality of literature and theology, Claudia is a much sought after speaker in both scholastic and religious settings. She is excited to look at the literary and theological affects a racialized God had on 20th century African American literature, politics, and subsequently, society.
05/2013 Andrews University - Berrien Springs, MI (BA English Lit/Minor in Leadership)05/2015 Georgetown University - Washington, DC (MA English)