A native of Ramseur, NC, Bill Allen attended Wake Forest University where he participated in study away programs in Venice, Italy and Dijon,
France. He completed his MA and doctoral
work at UNC-CH, where his dissertation was on literary dandyism in the
works of Théophile Gautier. Before coming to Furman in 1987, he also
taught at the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, France, and
Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.
Allen has often served the department as French coordinator; he has also
served as recorder of the faculty and on numerous university,
administrative and ad-hoc committees, including stints as chair of
Appeals and Faculty Status. He was chair of MLL from
2007 to 2016.
In addition to diverse teaching duties which have included Italian,
Humanities, and continuing education courses as well as French classes
at all levels, Allen has been a frequent director or co-director of
study away programs at UNC (Quebec, Montpellier),
Dickinson (Toulouse) and Furman (Versailles, Summer China Experience,
Slow Food Italy).