Ray Allen is professor of music at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center. In addition, he directs the American Studies Program and serves as a senior associate at the Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College. He teaches courses on American folk, popular, and concert music, and American cultural studies. Allen is the author of Gone to the Country: The New Lost City Ramblers and the Urban Folk Music Revival (University of Illinois Press, 2010) and Singing in the Spirit: African-American Sacred Quartets in New York City (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991). He has co-edited the volumes Ruth Crawford Seeger's Worlds: Innovation and Tradition in Twentieth Century American Music(University of Rochester Press, 2007, with Ellie Hisama) and Island Sounds in the Global City: Caribbean Popular Music and Identity in New York (University of Illinois Press, 1998, with Lois Wilcken).