This book began as notes that I scribbled in the margins while I was con-
ducting dissertation research at the University of Toronto. Although it is
not based on that work, many of the questions and concerns that shape this
book emerged from that project. Thank you to my PhD committee mem-
bers Kari Dehli, Roxana Ng, Alissa Trotz, and David Lyon for their guid-
ance, support, and sharp readings of that work.
My appreciation goes out to colleagues, past and present, at the Univer-
sity of Texas at Austin who have made suggestions, pointed me in new direc-
tions, provided feedback, and read parts of the book along the way. I thank
João Costa Vargas, Stephen Marshall, Naomi Paik, Nhi Lieu, Meta DuEwa
Jones, Shirley Thompson, and Michael Ray Charles. Ben Carrington com-
mented on many chapter drafts, iterations, and the entire manuscript. I am
grateful for the insights that his readings have brought to this book. Ted
Gordon’s support for me and my work has been unwavering. I thank him
for showing me the possibilities of maroon spaces. Special thanks to those
who provided words of encouragement and support for this project: Jos-
sianna Arroyo, Ann Cvetkovich, Lyndon Gill, Sam Gosling, Frank Guridy,
Charlie Hale, Susan Heinzelman, Neville Hoad, Juliet Hooker, Bob Jen-
sen, Omi Jones, Xavier Livermon, Minkah Makalani, Leonard Moore, Lisa
Moore, Deborah Paredez, Anna- Lisa Plant, Cherise Smith, Eric Tang, and
Craig Watkins. I would also like to thank my colleagues in the Sociology
Department, especially Bob Hummer, Keith Robinson, Mary Rose, Marc
Musick, Michael Young, and Maya Charrad. I consider myself truly lucky
to have met the many students from my graduate seminars and under-
graduate classes who have critically engaged with parts and pieces of what
would become this book, with a special thanks to Courtney Williams Bar-
ron, Josh Bidwell, Jessica Dunning- Lozano, Amanda Gray, Lily Laux, and
Elissa Underwood.
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