Allida Black

Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Fast Facts

  • Historian and adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Managing director, Allenswood Group, LLC
  • Adviser to former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • Expertise on Eleanor Roosevelt, human rights, women's rights, conflict resolution

Areas Of Expertise

  • Domestic Affairs
  • Education
  • Human Rights and Civil Rights
  • Social Issues
  • Governance
  • Founding and Shaping of the Nation
  • Leadership

Allida Black is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Miller Center for Public Affairs. She also serves as managing director of the Allenswood Group, LLC, a collaborative she founded to preserve and document women’s political history and strengthen democracy through education and civic engagement.

Black is recognized as a leading expert on Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She has written and edited 10 books as well as a variety of articles on women, politics, and human rights policy; led workshops around the world on human rights, conflict resolution, and women's and girls' empowerment; curated exhibits on human rights for presidential libraries and other renowned repositories; and received awards from three universities for her commitment to students and her teaching.

Black has advised former Liberian President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on archival, oral history, and other matters since 2006. In 2017, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asked her to serve as her historian and advise her on her archive, oral history project, and other special initiatives.

Black’s other projects include “In the Shadow of 9/11: The Bipartisan Legislative Effort to Rebuild and Restore Lower Manhattan,” a Hewlett Foundation-funded legislative case study for American University’s Center for Political Negotiation, and an upcoming initiative on China and the global women’s movement for the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security.

She is a trustee of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and a director of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology, the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Foundation, and the University of Mary Washington.

She received her PhD from the George Washington University, where she serves as editor emeritus of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project and research professor of history and international affairs.