Watson Institute at Brown University
Public Policy
Allen Hance

Allen Hance

+1 401 965 6594
Swearer Center for Public Service, 25 George Street

Allen Hance

Adjunct Lecturer in International and Public Affairs
Director of Engaged Scholarship, Swearer Center

Areas of Interest: Environmental policy, food and agriculture policy, ethics and public policy, philanthropy, non-profit management, engaged scholarship.


Allen Hance is the Director of Engaged Scholarship at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown, where he works with students, faculty, and community partners to develop pathways for community-engaged learning and research. Prior to coming to Brown, Allen was the executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, a public foundation in Annapolis, MD, and served as co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, a regional funding collaborative of 25 public and private foundations. Previously, Allen was a senior policy analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute in Washington, DC, focusing on ecosystem management and agriculture and food systems policy; a NOAA-Sea Grant legislative fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives; and a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Allen earned a BA in philosophy at Dartmouth College, PhD in philosophy at Boston College, and MS in environmental policy at the University of Michigan.


SOC 0310 - Theory and Practice of Engaged Scholarship (Engaged Scholars Program seminar), fall 2015

ENVS 1501 – Climate Change and Environmental Justice in Rhode Island (TRI-Lab seminar, spring 2015, fall 2015

PHP 1850 -- Healthy Food Access in Rhode Island (TRI-Lab seminar), fall 2014, spring 2015

Co-designed PLCY 1800 – Investigating Modes of Social Change