Allison Drew is a historian and biographer who specializes in twentieth-century Africa. Her principal publications have focused on the relationship between socialism, communism and nationalism in the South African and Algerian liberation movements.

Her current research investigates the preconditions facilitating democracy or authoritarianism in these societies and, within this agenda, the complex relationship of intellectual dissent and political pluralism in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa.

Her work contributes to broader themes ˗ the uneasy relationships of intellectuals and political movements and the tension between the struggles for individual rights and collective social justice.

Allison is the daughter of missing Salisbury, Connecticut man Thomas Drew; he disappeared without a trace on July 21, 2007 under unresolved circumstances. She is writing an account of his disappearance and of her subsequent experiences in pursuit of the truth.