This book is a product of many people, places, and conversations. It has
accrued a ridiculous number of debts, and it’s my pleasure to acknowledge
some of them.
In these hard times in state universities, I am acutely conscious of all
those who have contributed to building the material infrastructure that
makes scholarly research possible. At the University of Arizona (ua),
thanks to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, the Center
for Latin American Studies, the International Affairs Office, the Southwest
Institute for Research on Women, and the donors of the Magellan Circle
and the Women’s Studies Advisory Committee, who supported my re-
search and conference travel. Thanks too to the many colleagues and
friends at ua who supported this project in myriad ways, from discussions
over shared meals or when hiking and working out, or by generously
reading, listening to, and discussing drafts: Adele Barker, Adela Licona,
Mimi Petro, Liz Oglesby, Linda Green, Tsianina Lomawaima, Ruth Dick-
stein, my colleagues in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies,
the Citizenship and Public Cultures reading group, the Department of
History, and the Institute for lgbt Studies. Some of my best teachers and
colleagues have been, in fact, graduate students—Karin Friedrich, Araceli
Masterson, Lucy Lee Blaney, Wendy Vogt, Lauren Carruth, Wendy Samp-
son, Kate Goldade, Erin Durbin, Mari Galup, and Adrian Flores have all
contributed to this project in ways large and small. Thanks, too, to Ste-
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