Calvin H. Allen, Jr. retired in 2016 as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of History at Shenandoah University.  Allen is a specialist on the Arabian Gulf region, having published three books on Oman and over 40 articles.  Allen’s teaching experience includes full-time faculty positions at the College of the Ozarks (1978-93) and the University of Memphis (1993-2002) and visiting positions at Drury College (1992) and at the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea program (1996). While at Memphis, Allen also served as Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences (1997-99), Director of International Studies (1998-2002), and Executive Director of the Center for International Programs and Services (2000-2002). Allen has been a Fulbright Scholar in Oman (1976-77), a Wye Faculty Fellow (1990), and led a Fulbright Summer Faculty Seminar in Oman and Jordan (2009).
BA, Political Science, U. of Pittsburgh, 1972
MA, Near Eastern Lang & Lit, U. of Washington, 1974
PhD, History, U of Washington, 1978
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
History and politics of the Sultanate of Oman with emphasis on the 19th-21st centuries and special interest in the Indian merchant community in Muscat.
Personal Interests
Postal history and general philately of Oman.