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Allison Polk

Development Officer, Corporate & Foundation Relations
Development Office

Allison Polk

Phone Numbers

202-250-2532 (VP)



Denison House 302

Allison Polk is an academic and a creative writer who specializes in strategic storytelling and its power to engage people in the greater story of Gallaudet and the impact its faculty, staff, and graduates have on the world and its societies. She came to the Office of Development in 2012 after spending time as a communications specialist in the private sector as well as contracting with the Office of Communications at Gallaudet. She previously served as a Presidential Fellow with the Department of English.

  • BA, Gallaudet University
  • MFA, Goddard College
  • PhD (ABD), the George Washington University

Serves as point of contact for foundations and other private grant-awarding organizations, collaborating with Gallaudet faculty and staff in order to strengthen and forge partnerships that advance the University.

  • Fiction
  • Memoir
  • First Year Seminar
  • Critical Reading and Writing
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Sex and Gender
  • How to Read and Why: critical reading and research skills

Research interests:

  • narratives
  • threatened hegemonic masculinity/anxious masculinities
  • popular culture
  • fratire


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002


800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002