Allen Rucker is a writer and television journalist. He cofounded the experimental video group TVTV, and has written numerous award-winning TV specials and documentaries including the recent Family Values: The Mob and the Movies. His published work includes two books of satire, The History of White People in America and A Paler Shade of White, both coauthored with comedian Martin Mull. He teaches in the School of Cinema-TV at the University of Southern California. He majored in English at Washington University, and has two MAs in American Culture and Communication from the University of Michigan and Standford (where he first met Sopranos creator David Chase.) He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and the younger of their two sons.