College of Education and Human Development

Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development

Ian Allen

  • Pronouns: he, him, his

  • Doctoral Student, CIDE

Areas of interest

  • Education and global health security
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to health education
  • Higher education partnerships
  • International development
  • Monitoring & evaluation

MA,Comparative and International Development Education, University of Minnesota
BA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire


I am a PhD student in CIDE with interests in the role of higher education in global health security efforts and international development. Specifically I’m interested in the ways in which higher education institutions situate themselves within global health security networks and partnerships, and how global initiatives get interpreted and enacted at the level of the institution and state. Much of my recent research and evaluation work has also looked at the development of multisectoral, multidisciplinary health workforces, and the challenges in designing and evaluating these types of complex educational programs.

Many of my research interests stem from my full-time work at UMN’s Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative. During my time at the university, I have worked on global health and infectious disease projects funded by both USAID and CDC. I also provide monitoring & evaluation support for the University Covid Action Network (U-CAN), the university’s SDG initiative, and other internal programmatic evaluation efforts.

Prior to coming to Minnesota I was a Peace Corps Volunteer (2012-2014) in Rwanda where I worked on health and life skills education initiatives.


Pelican, K., Blair, B., Adisasmito, W., Allen, I., Amir, V., Bazeyo, W., Errecaborde, K., Huong, L.T., Mahero, M., Wanzala, S., & Bender, J. (In Press). One Health leadership and team building training. In One Health: The theory and practice of integrated health approaches (2nd ed).

Allen, I.. (2019). Embrace of the serpent directed by Ciro Guerra (film review). Comparative Education Review, 63(4), 658-659.

Errecaborde K.M., Macy, K.W., Pekol, A., Perez, S., O’Brien, M.K., Allen, I., Contadini, F., Lee, J.Y., Mumford, E., Bender, J.B., & Pelican, K. (2019). Factors that enable effective One Health collaborations: A scoping review of the literature. PLoS One, 14(12): e0224660.

World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), & World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) (Allen, I. as contributing author). (2019). Taking a multisectoral, One Health approach: A tripartite guide to addressing zoonotic diseases in countries. The Tripartite Organizations (WHO, FAO, & OIE). Retrieved from

Manion, M., Ralston, R., Matthews, T., & Allen, I. (2017). Budget analysis as a tool to monitor economic and social rights: Where the rubber of international commitment meets the road of government policy. Journal of Human Rights Practice, 9(1), 146–158.

Online articles and public scholarship

Allen, I. (2019). Creating a field-ready health workforce. Medium.

Allen, I., Manion, M. Matthews, T., & Ralston, R. (2016). Using budget analysis to confront governments: What practitioners need to know. Open Global Rights.


Allen, I. (March, 2020). School to work trajectories of interdisciplinary health students: Are we training everyone to have a seat at the table? Paper accepted at the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Miami, FL (Conference canceled due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic).

Allen, I. (February, 2020). Towards a framework for designing and evaluating interdisciplinary health education. Presentation at the 2020 Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development Student Research Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Allen, I., & Pelican, K. (February, 2020). Creating international partnerships to prevent pandemic disease threats. Presentation at the Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Allen, I., Bloem, L., & Sarode, T. (November, 2019). Evaluating and supporting cross-sector collaborations: Challenges, methodological adaptations, and contextual fit. Panel presentation at the American Evaluation Association’s (AEA) 33rd Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Allen, I. (April, 2019). Strengthening “One Health” workforces: A comparative case study of experiential learning programs in Kenya and Rwanda. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Allen, I. (March, 2018). Preparing tomorrow’s leaders through One Health workforce development. Talk given at the Advancing Publicly-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning to Address Society’s Grand Challenges Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Allen, I. (March, 2016). Experiential learning to build human rights advocacy capabilities. Paper presented at the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.