Mike Allen, Ph.D.

Professor ; Graduate Faculty

Specialty: History and American Studies

Allen, Mike

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: GWP 203
Phone: 253-692-4466
Email: magician@u.washington.edu


  • Ph.D., Early American History and Literature, University of Washington, 1985.
  • M.A., History, University of Montana, 1977.
  • B.A., History, Central Washington State College, 1974.


Michael Allen, Professor of History at the University of Washington, Tacoma, was born and raised in Ellensburg, Washington. After serving with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam, he earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees, respectively, from Central Washington State College, University of Montana, and University of Washington, Seattle. Michael lives in Ellensburg and Tacoma and has three children, Jim, Davy, and Caroline.


He teaches courses in introductory U. S. History, the American Revolution and Civil War, and the American frontier.

Selected Publications

He has written five books:

  • A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus' Great Discovery to the War on Terror (New York: Sentinel [Penguin Group] 2004), with Larry Schweikart, a #1 Amazon.com and New York Times bestseller.
  • The Confederation Congress and Creation of the First American Trans-Appalachian Settlement Policy, 1783-1787 (New York: Edwin Mellen, 2005)
  • (co-editor), Frontiers of Western History: Origins, Evolution, and Future of Western History," (Needham, Massachusetts: Simon and Schuster Custom Press, 1997)
  • Rodeo Cowboys in the North American Imagination (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1998)
  • Western Rivermen, 1763-1861: Ohio and Mississippi Boatmen and the Myth of the Alligator Horse (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1990), winner of the Phi Alpha Theta Book Award.


  • The Historical Society
  • Washington State Historical Society
  • Pacific Northwest Historians Guild
  • Kittitas County Historical Society
  • Rodeo History Society (National Cowboy Hall of Fame)
  • Phi Alpha Theta International History Honorary Society
  • National Association of Scholars
  • Founder, Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association

Professional Service

  • 2010: Referee, Pacific Historical Quarterly
  • 2008-present: Trustee, Board of Trustees, Washington State Historical Society
  • 2009-present: UW Tacoma History BA Coordinator
  • 2009-11: IAS Faculty Council
  • 2009-10: Student Affairs Veterans Affairs Work Group
  • 2005-2008: Interim Coordinator, Historical Studies & Faculty Rep AHA

Honors and Awards

  • 2013: Distinguished Research Award, UW Tacoma
  • 2011: Visiting Scholar, Yukon College, Whitehorse YT, Summer Semester, 2011
  • 2010: #1 New York Times Non-fiction Bestseller (A Patriots History of the United States); #1 on Amazon.com (all categories)2/11-22, 2010
  • 2008: Hammond Annual Lecture in Western History, University of Montana
  • 2006: Curtiss Hill Memorial Lecture, Washington State Historical Society
  • 2005: Distinguished Teaching Award, UW Tacoma
  • 2005: Lysander Spooner Award (Laissez Faire Books) for Advancing the Literature of Liberty, for A Patriots History of the United States
  • 2004: ASUWT (Associated Students of the University of Washington, Tacoma) Presidents Excellence in Leadership and Service Award (First Recipient)