Historian | Persistent Investigator
“Doggedly curious, I am committed to working with clients to identify creative avenues for research, turning over even the most obscure of stones in order to locate new information.”
Work at HAI
Allison is a Florida-based historian, writer, researcher, and project manager. She works with clients to develop targeted and meticulous research plans in order to locate evidence from an eclectic array of sources. A compulsive organizer, Allison enjoys working with her team to thoroughly and methodically locate and collect relevant materials and to provide an organized, informative product to the client.
Allison specializes in 20th-century European military history and American aerospace industrial history, but considers herself a true generalist and life-long learner. She works as a project planner and manager, and specializes in conducting targeted, in-depth historical research into federal, military, and civilian records at archives, libraries, and government repositories across the country.
Allison’s research and analysis work has covered a wide range of legal topics, including:
- Potentially responsible party (PRP) searches
- CERCLA cost recovery
- Land use and site histories
- Corporate succession and genealogy
- Government contract searches
- Product liability and toxic torts research
In line with her wide-ranging interests and enthusiasm for new experiences and 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 at and volunteered 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.