Robert J. Allison, PhD

Department of History

Phone: 617-573-8510
Office Location: 73 Tremont St., Rm. 1034

History of Boston and Beyond


  • PhD, Harvard University
  • MA, Harvard University
  • BA, Harvard University Extension


Professor Allison's books include:

  • The Boston Tea Party (2007)
  • The Boston Massacre (2006)
  • Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero (2005)
  • A Short History of Boston (2004)
  • The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World 1776-1815 (Chicago, 2000)

He has also edited several books, including:

  • The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, The African (Boston, 1995, revised edition, 2004)
  • The Revolutionary Era, 1754-1783 (Detroit, 1998)
  • The Development of a Nation, 1783-1815 (Detroit, 1997) in the award-winning American Eras series
  • History In Dispute: The Pursuit of Progress 1900-1945 (2000)
  • History in Dispute: The Pursuit of Liberty, 1945-2000 (Detroit, 2000)

Community Projects

Professor Allison is involved with several museums and historical societies in Boston. He has delivered public lectures at the Bostonian Society, the Adams National Historic Site, and has presented papers at conferences in the United States, Wales, and Turkey.

He is president of the South Boston Historical Society, vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Courses Taught

HST 181/182 - American History I, II
HST 383 - Boston: The Heritage of a City
HST 389 - American Constitutional History I
HST 390 - Constitutuional History II: From the 14th Amendment to the Present
Colonial and Revolutionary History