Acknowledgments
This book would not have been possiblewithout the support and guid-
ancethatIreceivedfromanumberoffacultymembersattheUniversity
of California at Berkeley. During the past three decades, Troy Duster,
my dissertation chair, almost single-handedly kept antiracist scholar-
shipaliveinthesociologydepartmentandthuscreatedtheinstitutional
space for me to pursue this project. I am also thankful to Troy for both
his insightful feedback on earlier drafts of this manuscript and the let-
tersofreferencehewrotethatenabledmetosecureaFulbrightStudent
Program award to finance the bulk of the research.
I am especially indebted to Russell Thornton for having been one of
a handful of sociologists in the United States who made Indians a valid
topicofstudywithinthediscipline.Moreover,Russellreviewedversions
of Racial Revolutions, never wavered in his enthusiasm for this project,
andgenerouslyallowedmetousehisofficeatatimewhenIhadneither
computernorworkspace.Hisletterofsupportwasalsokeytomyrecep-
tion of a Social Science Research Council Predissertation Fellowship,
which allowed me to conduct preliminary research for this manuscript
in 1992.
Despite his numerous obligations, Pedro Antonio Noguera always
madetimetomeetwithme,writelettersofrecommendation,offersug-
gestions on various drafts of this manuscript, or have me over to his
home for dinner and family celebrations. His commitment to bridging
theacademicandnonacademicworldsinspiredmetoattemptthesame
in this book. Gerald Vizenor, a professor in Native American studies,
gave me a healthy irreverence for the social sciences as well as a deeper
appreciation for the significance of irony, humor, and a good story. I
think anyone familiar with his scholarship will quickly notice the im-
portant influence he has had on RacialRevolutions.
In 1989, I had the good fortune to meet Brackette Williams when
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