Director of Litigation Research | Diligent Investigator
“Compulsively curious, I am committed to working with clients to identify creative avenues for research to uncover valuable historical evidence and bring new information to light.”
Work at HAI
At HAI, Allison manages the day-to-day operations of the litigation research service line, leading an eclectic group of historians, project managers, subject-matter experts, and researchers. Allison started working for the company at the entry level. Her experiences working as an on-the-ground researcher, historian, and project manager inform her approach to managing the team and successfully serving the research needs of clients. She enjoys coordinating with clients to craft targeted research plans designed to methodically investigate and uncover previously unidentified information.
Allison considers herself a true generalist and life-long learner. Her academic background includes expertise in 20th-century European military history and the Holocaust, with a particular interest in the legacy of World War II war crimes trials and the history of memory. However, her experience working on an array of projects at HAI developed other areas of expertise, including American aerospace and nuclear industrial history, and World War II and Cold War mobilization. She has also cultivated an extensive knowledge of federal, military, and civilian records at archives, libraries, and government repositories across the country.
Allison’s research experience covers a wide range of legal topics, including:
- Potentially responsible party (PRP) searches
- Land use and site histories
- Historic government contract searches
- Corporate succession and corporate genealogy research
- Product liability and toxic tort research
- Slavery disclosure research
- Legislative and regulatory history
- Research on the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan
In line with her wide-ranging interests and enthusiasm for new challenges, Allison has also contributed to projects involving archival research, image research, and content development.
Her clients include:
- American Battle Monuments Commission
- College Football Hall of Fame
- International Spy Museum
- National Center for Civil and Human Rights
- National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Path to HAI
Before joining HAI in 2013, Allison worked for a number of records and artifact repositories, assisting with the organization, inventory, and preservation of select collections maintained at the Department of Special & Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida, the Archives and Special Collections Department at American University, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Allison received her master’s degree in public history at American University in 2013, after completing coursework in Modern European History and oral history, and an internship assisting heritage project grant recipients with the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. (now HumanitiesDC). During her studies, she contributed to ongoing history projects with the Smithsonian Gardens and the founder of the Cleveland Homeless Oral History Project, Professor Daniel Kerr. Allison majored in history at the University of Florida, earning her bachelor’s degree and graduating summa cum laude in 2011.