Allison Guess

Dr. Allison Guess is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and incoming Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College. Guess is also a 2021-2022 CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Research Fellow. 

As we ease into hybrid events, we are limiting in-person attendance at seminars to current MCEAS fellows and Penn students, faculty, and staff. We look forward to when we can safely gather in greater numbers, and will continue to keep you updated.

To get access to the seminar papers and Zoom links, or to join our mailing list, please email us at mceas@sas.upenn.edu.


The McNeil Center sponsors a seminar that meets on Friday afternoons approximately twice a month between September and May, with the paper for each session circulated in advance. Over two hundred people attend at least once a year, with an average attendance of 40 to 50 at meetings held at various sites in the Delaware Valley. While most of the regular attendees are graduate students and faculty from institutions in the Philadelphia area, participants come from as far afield as Long Island, New York City, Princeton, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington.