This book has been in progress since before I even knew that I was going to
write it. Thus, I would like to begin by thanking all of my friends and
colleagues in Nicaragua who are responsible for my profound interest in the
intersection of revolution and development, feminism, and ethnic identity.
Alrededor de una mesa de trago o un juego de nipe discutimos cada aspecto del
proceso revolucionario. Gracias a Amy Bank, Judy Butler, Larry Boyd, Heri-
berto Castillo, Myra Guillen, Joan Kirkwood, Carlos Molina, Orlando Mo-
rales, Carolina Obando, David Oliver, Edwin Paredes, Paul Rice, Esperanza
Rivas, Otto Rojas Aguilar, Michael Saperstein, Richard Staller-Schultz, Lois
Wessel, Joel Zúniga y especialmente Freddy Quesada Pastrán and Mary Tal-
bot. There was never a solution for which Freddy could not figure out a
problem, and there was never a problem for which Mary could not figure out
a solution. If not for the intellectual engagement and revolutionary commit-
ment of all these people, this project would not have been hatched.
As an academic, I have had the good fortune of wonderful mentorship
throughout my career, and I thank them all. Regina Gagnier, Mary Louise
Pratt, Renato Rosaldo, Stefano Varese, and Sylvia Winter, each in their own
way, modeled a feminist teaching practice and politically engaged intellec-
tuality for me during my time at Stanford. Norma Alarcón, Sandra Drake,
Akhil Gupta, and Ramón Saldívar shepherded this project through its first
incarnation with endless generosity, wit, and wisdom. While I was in the
University of California system, a number of colleagues challenged and
inspired my work, and provided me with innumerable opportunities for
intellectual exchange: Inderpal Grewal, Caren Kaplan, Gwen Kirkpatrick,
Francine Masiellos, Lisa Lowe, David Lloyd, and Denise Segura. Of course,
the love and friendship of my dear friends at University of California, Santa
Barbara—Avery Gordon, Beth Merchant, Chris Newfield, Rafael Perez-
Torres, and Chela Sandoval—kept me centered and sane. The Latin Ameri-
can Subaltern Studies Group has left an indelible intellectual stamp on this
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