aCknowLeDgments
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Though​writing​can​often​feel​like​a​solitary​pursuit,​I​am​quite​
aware​that​I​did​not​create​this​book​on​my​own.​I​am​deeply​
grateful​for​the​institutional​support,​intellectual​stimulation,​
and​plain​old​encouragement​I​have​received​along​the​way.
I​ most​ likely​ would​ never​ have​ found​ my​ way​ to​ politi-
cal​ theory​ or​ discovered​ its​ many​ pleasures​ and​ challenges​
were​it​not​for​the​tremendous​good​fortune​of​crossing​paths​
with​Peter​Euben​and​Wendy​Brown​early​in​my​undergradu-
ate​studies​at​the​University​of​California,​Santa​Cruz.​I​can​
still​recall​the​excitement​I​felt​every​time​I​attended​Euben’s​
legendary,​manic​“Political​Freedom”​class​and​the​inquisitive-
ness​and​ambition​that​Brown’s​demanding​seminars​awak-
ened​in​me.​I​am​grateful​to​both​of​them​for​showing​me​what​
engaged​scholarship​and​teaching​look​like​and​for​encourag-
ing​me​to​see​graduate​school​and​an​academic​career​as​real​
possibilities​in​my​life.
I​began​this​project​at​Northwestern​University,​as​a​mem-
ber​of​a​lively​and​growing​political​theory​community​there.​
Linda​Zerilli​was​an​invaluable​interlocutor​and​critic,​tire-
lessly​reading​and​discussing​many​drafts​of​this​project​in​its​
early​stages.​Her​rigorous​intellectual​engagement​with​my​
ideas​was​invigorating,​flattering,​and​exhausting.​My​work​
today​is​better​for​it.​Bonnie​Honig​also​provided​sharp​com-
mentary​and​expert​guidance.​Her​original,​incisive​readings​
of​texts​and​events​always​push​me​to​consider​things​anew.​I​
am​especially​appreciative​of​Bonnie’s​ongoing​interest​in​my​
work​and​her​willingness​to​offer​practical​advice​in​addition​
to​sharp​conceptual​insights.
I​am​lucky​to​be​a​faculty​member​of​the​Political​Science​
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