I am grateful to a vast network of family, friends, colleagues, and interlocutors
in Liberia, Sierra Leone, France, and the United States. What is successful in
this project is the work of many. The errors are my own.
A number of institutions supported Monrovia Modern at various points. I
am especially grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and, at the Uni-
versity of Washington, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, the College of
Built Environments, the Robert Bolles and Yasuko Endo Endowment, and the
Department of Anthropology. A special thank you to Duke University Press
and to Gisela Fosado in particular for their unending patience and support.