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Barbara Foley received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Prof. Foley is currently a Professor of English at Rutgers-Newark and a leading authority on post-World War I American writers of the Left. She is the author of Telling the Truth: The Theory and Practice of Documentary Fiction (1986), Radical Representations: Politics and Form in U.S. Proletarian Fiction, 1929-1941 (1993), Spectres of 1919: Class and Nation in the Making of the New Negro (2003), and numerous articles on Marxist theory, African-American literature, and U.S. literary radicalism. She is currently at work on two books, both dealing with African-American writers and the left: one on Jean Toomer and one on Ralph Ellison.