Political Science and Criminal Justice

Mahalley Allen, JD, PhD

Department Chair and Legal Studies Program Coordinator

Dr. Mahalley Allen is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and is both the Department Chair and Coordinator of the Department’s Legal Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kansas and her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Dr. Allen’s teaching and research interests include constitutional law, judicial politics, and public policy. Dr. Allen was a visiting professor at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, in summer 2010 and at the Universidad del País Vasco in San Sebastián, Spain, in summer 2018.

Dr. Allen is the vice chair of the Chico State Academic Senate and also the vice chair of the Educational Policies and Programs Committee (EPPC), a Senate standing committee. She is the current president of the Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors (PCAPLA), a board member of the Pre-Law Advisors National Council (PLANC), and a board member of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Locally, she is on the board of directors for both the League of Women Voters of Butte County and Innovative Preschool, Inc.

Outside of work, Dr. Allen enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Portrait of Mahalley Allen, JD, PhD