Starting in fall 2013, Allison will be an assistant professor in the computer science department at Columbia University. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research New England. Allison completed her Ph.d. in Computer Science at UT-Austin in May 2012, advised by Brent Waters. Her current areas of research are cryptography, harmonic analysis, combinatorics, and distributed computing. In 2007, she received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, and in 2006 she received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Princeton University.