Ross Allen is a researcher working on the Global Terrorism Database (GTD). He is currently a M.A. candidate in International Studies with a concentration in International Security at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

His recent research topics have included the use of military commissions to try unlawful enemy combatants, the Taiwan Strait crisis and the revolution in military affairs. He is interested in security and stability issues in northeastern Asia as well as the dilemma regarding the use of torture as a means of intelligence gathering.

Prior to commencing studies at the University of Denver, he taught English in northern Japan and traveled extensively throughout Asia. He obtained a B.A. in Literature with a minor in Japanese from Austin College. He also studied Japanese language, history and international affairs at the Kanda University of International Studies in Makuhari, Japan