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JoAnn McAllister

Contributing Faculty

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Public Policy and Administration

Degree Program Ph.D. Public Policy and Administration

Dr. McAllister is an interdisciplinary social science researcher and educator whose work is grounded in a systems perspective and the role of stories in shaping individual, organizational, and social beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. Her doctorate is in Human Science, a humanistic approach to the social sciences grounded in Continental Philosophy. She also has degrees in American History and Culture and Spirituality. She has been teaching graduate students for fifteen years and for the last thirty years she has worked with

Until 2015, she was the Director of the Human Science program at Saybrook University and established, with colleagues, the Human Science Institute to create a trans-disciplinary learning community for scholars, practitioners, advocates, and activists to support a “humane and ecologically sustainable future.” A new book, Still Doing Democracy: Finding Common Ground and Acting for the Common Good, will be available Spring, 2021.


PhD, Saybrook University - Oakland, CA United States

MA, Holy Names College - Oakland, CA United States

MA, Old Dominion University - Norfolk, VA United States