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Acknowledgments This book would not have been possible without the help of so many. To anyone who has listened to an idea, heard me complain, or seen any part of this process, I thank you. You never know what the briefest of interactions will bring. This project began as my dissertation. I mean, come on, what else would it be? So, naturally, I would like to thank my mentors and advisors at MIT and Cambridge: Caroline Jones, Robin Greeley, and Nasser Rabbat, and David Friedman. I now know why you all push us the way you do. The Ila who entered the Kennel was not the one who left it. And, of course, Anne Deveau and Kathaleen Brearley, who were both constant and always smiling presences during my time at MIT. But it still would have been a dismal failure without the support (financial and otherwise) of the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto. Mark Cheetham, Robert Gibbs, Kimberly Yates, Monica Toffoli , and Cheryl Pasternak, you gave a little postdoc a home. I’d also like to shout out to my fellow Fellows, especially Erica, Gabi, and Nicole—you made Canada feel a little less cold. I would also like to thank my colleagues in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis, especially Liz Childs, John Klein, Angela Miller, Bill Wallace, Kristina Kleutghen, Marisa Bass, and Nate Jones. You’ve all been such great colleagues, and that has helped tremendously with the final stages of this process. And, of course, Nancy Rubin, Betha Whitlow, and our dedicated library and technical staff, thank you for keeping things running and answering endless questions. Nancy, in particular, you are the most patient person on earth! Speaking of patience, I need to acknowledge the editorial staff of the University of Texas Press, who made this process as painless as possible. There would be no images in this book at all if it weren’t for my dedicated and tireless student workers, Morgan Dowty and J. P. Waldron. You Sheren pages.indd 9 4/21/15 3:21 PM x | portable borders both put so much time and effort into this, and I’m truly amazed. Go on to great things, please! A number of people in the border region (and beyond) made it possible for me to conduct research there, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them (in no particular order): Ritu Shrivastava, Amit Kapoor, Gage, Mario Torero, Patricia Maldonado, Miguel Angel Soría, Zopilote, Amelia Jones, Emma Tramposch, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Emily Hicks, Victor Ochoa, Brent Beltrán, Herman Baca, Enrique Chagoya, Rita González, Chon Noriega, Isidro Ortíz, Katherine Smith, Christian Gerstheimer , Michael Tomor, Kaletia Roberts, Chris Bevins, David Taylor, Kate Bonansinga, Kerry Doyle, Xochitl Rodríguez, Zeque Peyna, Adrian Esparza, Luis Alvarado, Kristin Bronowicki, Daniel Ruanova, Luis Ituarte, Chelsea Jones, Lucia Sanroman, Tania Candiani, Ricardo Domínguez, Amy Sara Carroll, Guadalupe Serrano Quiñonez, and the members of Taller Yonke. A huge thanks to Esta, Carl, and Amelia Browning in Poway—you were my home away from home—and Esta, your personal and professional contacts helped me find my way through the border art labyrinth. I can’t imagine how this project would have gone if I hadn’t reconnected with you; it certainly wouldn’t have been as successful. And,to everyone at MIT: thank you to the now-scattered Edgerton Gang and my compatriots at HTC. In addition, some Cambridgians deserve an extra shout-out: Haitham Al-Hassanieh, Deborah Kully, Then Kim, Sean Smeland. It’s a long hard slog through grad school, and you all managed to make it legendary. Thank you, Lisa, my best friend in the whole world. None of this would have been written if not for my family. Thank you to my parents, Ivonne and Peter Sheren, for all your love. You were sure I would write a book someday, but probably not this exact book. Thank you for making me learn Spanish for all those years; it sure did come in handy. And, of course, thank you for valuing my education above all else and for teaching me not to settle for anything but my dreams. And thank you, Jon, may throngs of Indians always fight to take your picture. You never let me take myself too seriously, and that is an extremely difficult task. #GWAA, guns up to you. Thank you also to the rest of my...


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