ac know ledgments
While Mark Antaki should get first mention for having come up (spontane-
ously, although I’ve heard the term since) with the term “misinterpella-
tion” right before my eyes, the person with the biggest impact on this book
is Bonnie Honig, with whom I have a running conversation throughout the
book (as in life). She read several versions of many chapters and read the
whole manuscript carefully in ways that often superseded and improved
upon anything that I had to say. One of the greatest joys of writing this book
was to have that conversation with her.
I also had a great deal of help, guidance, and close reading by Sarah Bur-
gess and Keally McBride, both of whom read several chapters, sometimes
a few times over. It has been a true plea sure to watch each other’s writing
proj ects develop and grow.
Several venues helped me refine and rewrite key chapters of this book.
In September 2014 I discussed parts of chapter 6 at a conference at the
University of Alberta, Edmonton. Thanks to George Pavlich for inviting me
and thanks to Richard Westerman for his very helpful commentary, Thanks
also to my fellow panelists, Matthew Unger, Renisa Mawani, Keally Mc-
Bride, Jennifer Culbert, and Mark Antaki.
I presented parts of chapter 5 at the Western Po litical Science Associa-
tion in April 2015. I got great commentary from the audience— especially
George Schulman—as well as my co panelists and dear friends, Jodi Dean
and Jennifer Culbert.
In March of 2015 I presented parts of chapter 1 to a group at Williams
College. My thanks to Mark Reinhardt for inviting me. Thanks also to those
pres ent for their deeply insightful commentary and criticism: Anita Sokol-
sky, Laura Ephraim, Nimu Njoya, Christian Thorne, Seulghee Lee, and Walter