Dr. Allison Abra has been appointed Warden of St John’s College
Dr. Allison Abra [BA/99] has been appointed Warden of St John’s College, effective July 26, 2021 to July 25, 2026. The Warden has overall responsibility for the academic, administrative, and spiritual life of the College.
An alumna of the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Arts and a fourth-generation Johnian, Dr. Abra returns to the University from the University of Southern Mississippi, where presently she is Associate Professor of History in the School of Humanities, the General Buford “Buff” Blount Professor in Military History, and a Fellow in the Dale Center for the Study of War and Society. She also is Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Southern Mississippi and has been engaged in a number of projects to expand teaching, scholarship, and public programming around women, and gender, and sexuality.
Dr. Abra earned her master’s degree from Queen’s University and her PhD from the University of Michigan. A historian of modern Britain, Dr. Abra’s research interests are focused on women and gender, popular culture, nationalism, and war and society in the period of the two world wars. An award-winning teacher and engaged researcher and administrator, Dr. Abra has earned a number of accolades, including the Teacher of the Year award from the Mississippi Humanities Council, the state-level branch of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The university welcomes Dr. Abra to this new leadership position, and back to St John’s College.