Acknow ledgments
I would not have been able to complete this book without the help, sup-
port, and encouragement of numerous people. As such, it represents a col-
lective effort. I am especially grateful to Michael Monteón, my adviser at
the University of California, San Diego, for guiding the dissertation upon
which this book is based and for the time he has continued to devote to me
after I finished at ucsd. I am deeply indebted to my other graduate school
professors, David Gutiérrez, Ramón Gutiérrez, Christine Hünefeldt, Ramón
E. Ruiz, Rosaura Sánchez, and Eric Van Young, for their time and the intel-
lectual rigor they demanded.
Throughout the years that I have worked on this project, several insti-
tutions have provided generous funding. uc mexus and the Center for
U.S.-Mexican Studies supported much of the research and writing for my
dissertation. A postdoctoral fellowship from the Ford Foundation enabled
me to spend a year at Yale University undertaking the first revisions to trans-
form my dissertation into a book manuscript. Likewise, the Dickey Center at
Dartmouth College funded and organized a seminar that brought together
several of my Dartmouth colleagues, as well as Jeffrey Gould and Adrian
Bantjes. The seminar was exceptionally helpful, and I am grateful to Lisa Bal-
dez, Judi Byfield, Doug Haynes, Annelise Orleck, Marysa Navarro, Misagh
Parsa, John Watanabe, and Christianne Wohlforth for taking the time to
read my work and for the sparks of insight generated by their discussion.
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