Neil is Professor Emeritus of 20th Century American History, and the author of several books, including, The African American Experience during World War II (2010), Historical Dictionary of the Roosevelt Truman Era (2008), Historical Dictionary From Great War to Great Depression (2003), From Progressivism to Prosperity: World War I and American Society (1986), The Afro American and the Second World War (1976, 2nd edition 1993),and was co-editor of America’s Century: Perspectives on U.S. History since 1900 (1993). He has contributed chapters to various books, written journal articles and reviews on African American and American history, and on aspects of American culture ranging from sport to crime fiction and music. His interest in music, especially the blues, led him to assist in the acquisition of the Paul Oliver Collection for African American Music and Related Traditions housed in the University Archives. Neil is also editor of Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe (2007) and co-editor of Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identity (2012). Neil is an addict of crime fiction, film, and television, ranging from the work of George Pelecanos, Donna Leon, through to The Wire,The Killing and Montalbano. A long-time exile from Scotland, Neil sadly had to transfer his soccer allegiance from Hearts to Manchester United, but is prepared to support any British team in the World Cup!