This book would have not been possible without the support, mentorship,
and encouragement of so many colleagues and friends. My work on this
manuscript was finished at the Center for Chicano Studies at UC Santa
Barbara, with a generous postdoctoral fellowship and research support. I
am especially grateful for how the Chicana/o Studies faculty made me feel
so welcome to the UC Santa Barbara community. I very much appreciate
that María Herrera-Sobek, Carl Gutiérrez-Jones, and Chela Sandoval took
time from their busy schedules to read parts of my manuscript and offer
sensitive and thorough commentary on the material. I am also grateful for
Pat Richardson’s efficient administrative support. At Arizona State Uni-
versity I am truly thankful for the personal and intellectual support of so
many colleagues and friends. First, I want to thank Vicki Ruiz, a fearless
scholar and historian and wonderful department chair. I also want to thank
Cordelia Candelaria for her professional mentoring; Eduardo Escobar, Lisa
Magana, and Ray Padilla for providing a collegial and interdisciplinary en-
vironment; Alejandra Elenes for her theoretical insights to my work; and
Manuel de Jesus de Hernandez-Gutiérrez for his warm intellectual cama-
raderie. My gratitude also extends to Tey Diana Rebolledo for reading my
chapter on feminist theory and for her struggles to make the mla more
welcoming to scholars in Chicana/o literatures.
I also want to acknowledge my mentors and friends from UC Berkeley.
First, I want to thank Norma Alarcón, my dissertation chair, who has con-
stantly inspired me to do the best work possible. Alfred Arteaga has not
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