Craig Lanier Allen is a historian of US foreign relations. He focuses primarily on the history of American exile and expatriation. He is a former foreign area specialist with military and diplomatic postings in Paris, the Maghreb, Sarajevo, Panama, and Seoul. He was also the founding director of the Museum of the American in Paris Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a museum to commemorate the history of Americans in Paris.
He has taught at the University of Southern California, the Claremont Colleges, the United States Air Force Academy, George Washington University, the Catholic University of America and Case Western Reserve University on topics ranging from U.S. national security policy to the urban history of Paris and the history of espionage in film.
His current book project, The Café Tournon: Exile, Resistance, and Surveillance on the Left Bank explores the history of a small, seemingly unremarkable Parisian café told through the prism of its significance as a lieu de mémoire, and its centrality as a place of interwar exile, wartime resistance under German occupation, and a target of Cold War surveillance by American intelligence agencies.