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Ph.D. Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany
M.S. Administration of Justice, Salve Regina University
B.A. Criminal Justice, Salve Regina College
B.A. English, Rhode Island College
In 1996, after a 23 year career in law enforcement, Dr. Allan retired from the Portsmouth (RI) Police Department as a Lieutenant. He continued his studies in criminal justice at the State University of New York at Albany, receiving a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice in 2002. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at SUNY/Albany, Salve Regina University, and Anna Maria College, joining the faculty at Curry College in 2006. While at Anna Maria College, Dr. Allan was the Director of the Criminal Justice Program in the Division of Professional Studies and the Co-Director of the Criminal Justice and Administration of Justice programs in the School of Graduate Studies.
Dr. Allan has taught various areas in criminal justice, including criminology, policing, the American justice system, morality and law, terrorism, leadership, communications, criminal law and procedure, problem-oriented policing, great trials, criminal enterprises, and senior and graduate capstone seminars. He has also been the advisor to students for various master's degree theses and the chairperson of a doctoral dissertation committee. Since entering academia, Dr. Allan has published an article on Megan's Law in the Criminal Law Bulletin, a co-authored introductory book chapter in Criminal Justice Theory, and a book entitled Civil Gang Abatement: The Effectiveness and Implication of Policing by Injunction. Dr. Allan's teaching and research interests include: criminal networks, especially street gangs and terrorist groups; civil remedies for criminal behavior; comparative and international criminal justice systems; and police civil liability.