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his project has numerous inspirations and supporters and an
number of debts. As an English major at the University
of California, Berkeley, I took a circuitous path to Chicano studies
and entered this scholarly field via African American and postco-
lonial studies. I’m grateful to my undergraduate faculty mentors,
Professors Alfred Arteaga, Barbara Christian, and David Lloyd, for
sparking my interest in Chicana feminism, literature, and history
and encouraging me to pursue a career in academia. As a graduate
student in ethnic studies at UC Berkeley, I benefited from the sup-
port of Professors Norma Alarcón, Judith Butler, Waldo Martin,
Michael Rogin, Mary Ryan, and José David Saldívar. Berkeley is a
big school, but the wonderful friends I made there made it more
intimate and exciting. I thank Rob Avila, Mary Pat Brady, Glenda
Carpio, Christina Civantos, Davina Chen, David Eng, Jill Gurvey,
Eungie Joo, Josh Kun, David Hernández, Ellie Hernández, Amy
Lonetree, Donna Murch, Rhacel Parreñas, Charlie Sciammas, Sar-
ita See, Caroline Streeter, and Matt Wray for their encouragement,
advice, and invaluable companionship. And I thank Rosa Johnson
and Barbara Quan for steering me through Berkeley’s bureaucratic
At the University of New Mexico, I was surrounded by smart
and supportive friends, colleagues, and mentors, among them Beth
Bailey, Adriana Estill, David Farber, Eric-Christopher García, Te-
resa Márquez, Vera Norwood, Tey Marianna Nunn, Adriana Ramí-
rez, Barbara Reyes, Diana Robin, Sam Truett, Hector Torres, and
Claire Waters. I’m especially grateful to Tey Diana Rebolledo for
her guidance, to Minrose Gwin and Ruth Salvaggio for their affir-
mation, and to Jesse Alemán for his relentless wit and refreshing
This project blossomed at the University of California, Santa
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