Allison is a doctoral candidate specializing in the art and decorated spaces of late nineteenth-century Europe. She is currently writing her dissertation, entitled “Private Space, Public Self: Studios of the Avant-Garde in Fin-de-Siècle France.” Her minor field focused on European collections of Asian art from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth. She holds an BA in Art History from Brown University, Providence, and an MA from the University of Chicago. She was previously the dedicated research associate for nineteenth-century exhibitions in the Department of European Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago. Her writing has been published by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d'Orsay, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Oxford University Press, and Thames & Hudson.