Allison Blakely is Professor of European and Comparative History at Boston University, since 2001, having formerly taught for thirty years at Howard University. He received his B.A. from the University of Oregon, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Blacks in the Dutch World: the Evolution of Racial Imagery in a Modern Society (Indiana University Press, 1994); Russia and the Negro: Blacks in Russian History and Thought (Howard University Press, 1986 – a winner of an American Book Award in 1988); several articles on Russian populism; and others on various European aspects of the Black Diaspora. His interest in comparative history has centered on comparative populism and on the historical evolution of color prejudice. His current main project is an overview of the history of Blacks in modern Europe. Among the awards he has received are Woodrow Wilson, Mellon, Fulbright-Hays, and Ford Foundation Fellowships. He is President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society (2006-2009) and serves as consulting editor of its journal, The American Scholar.