Allen photo Robert Allen (rallen@email.unc.eduis faculty director of the CHW and the James Logan Godfrey Professor of American Studies.  For twelve years (1987-1999) he was Associate Dean for Honors, helping to raise $7.5 million to restore the Graham Memorial Building and repurpose it as the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence. His research focuses on American cultural history and the application of digital technologies to history and the humanities more generally.  He has written and edited a number of books on the history of U.S. popular entertainment.  His work in digital humanities includes “Going to the Show,” an online digital resource documenting the history of moviegoing in North Carolina, which was awarded the American Historical Association’s Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History in 2011.  In 2009 he received the first C. Felix Harvey Award to Advance Institutional Priorities at UNC-CH for his work to extend digital humanities projects to local communities in North Carolina.    He was scholarly advisor for “Standing on a Box,” a multi-faceted public humanities project organized around Lewis Hine’s 1908 photographs of child textile workers in Gaston County.  The project was awarded the first Harlan Gradin Award for Excellence in Public Humanities in 2009.  From 2013 to 2016 he was Principal Investigator for Digital Loray.  He was Co-Principal Investigator (faculty lead) for the $5 million Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative (2012-14).  From 2011 to 2016, he was Director of the University’s Digital Innovation Lab.  Currently he is Principal Investigator for the CHW’s community history initiative in Rocky Mount, NC, funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.