Allured's proposal, "The Women's Rights Movement in Louisiana, 1960-1985," was tied for first place with two other university proposals in being ranked No.1 for funding among the 20 proposals selected for this year's ATLAS grants.
The $25,490 grant - the first ATLAS grant received by a McNeese faculty member - will allow Allured a semester's leave to write her book.
This prestigious award is given out yearly by the state of Louisiana to support scholarly and creative activities undertaken by faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences disciplines, according to Carrie Robison, program director. All project proposals are reviewed by an outside panel of experts drawn from the scholar's field of expertise.
Allured's monograph will be published in 2013 by the University of Georgia Press, which previously published her co-edited work, "Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times" in 2009.
Allured is president of the Louisiana Historical Association and co-editor of "Louisiana Legacies: Readings from the History of the Pelican State," with Dr. Michael Martin of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Center for Louisiana Studies, that is scheduled for publication by Wiley-Blackwell later this year.
Allured is also director of women's studies at McNeese and is the recipient of the Juliet Hardtner Endowed Professorship award for scholarship on women's history from the McNeese Foundation. She is co-author of the recent "Images of America: Lake Charles," with fellow McNeese faculty members Jessica Hutchings and Debbie Johnson-Houston