Allen B. Ballard, Professor of History and African Studies at SUNY-Albany, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He holds a Ph. D. in government from Harvard University. His first novel, Where I?m Bound was named a ?Notable Book of the Year? by the Washington Post in 2000. He has published two non-fiction works, The Education of Black Folk, and One More Day?s Journey.