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Acknowledgments Comparative Perspectives on Afro-Latin America is the work of many diverse individuals ,and three common threads wove it together and made it possible: first is Amy Gorelick, editor-in-chief at the University Press of Florida; second is my coeditor and colleague, John Burdick at Syracuse University; and third are the volume contributors. The first thread was in 2007 when I received an e-mail from Amy Gorelick , then acquisitions editor at the University Press of Florida. At this time, I was preparing to attend the Latin American Studies Association Conference in Montreal, Canada. She asked if I would like to meet while in Montreal to discuss my research and the possibility of collaborating with UPF. I wondered why she had chosen me of all the people at the conference, what I might say to her during the meeting, and how to frame my research on Latin America. After much preparation and thinking, I explained that I wanted to edit a volume on Afro-Latin America that would offer comparative perspectives with deep regional coverage focused on key themes.While the single-authored volume is the gold standard in the academy, I argued that an edited volume focused on AfroLatin America was desperately needed. The edited volume, I argued, would not only bring together some of the leading scholars in the field but would present a nuanced narrative of some of the critical issues facing Afro-Latin America. Thus, I chose what was actually needed in the field over my own narrow ambitions .Amy agreed,and this project was set into motion.Throughout the process she has been extremely supportive, and her experience and advice have been invaluable. Also, special thanks to Shannon McCarthy, Amy’s assistant, who handled a lot of the last-minute but crucial details. And special thanks to our copy editor, Kate Babbitt, for a job well done. The second thread was my colleague John Burdick in the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. John Burdick needs no introduction, as he is a well-known intellectual, teacher, and activist. He has written extensively on Brazil, and his book Blessed Anastacia: Women, Race, and Popular Christianity in Brazil remains a seminal work in the field. I explained to John that I had been approached by UPF to do an edited volume on Afro-Latin America and wanted him to be the co-editor.John agreed immediately,and from the start his substantial knowledge, vision, and sharp editorial eye added a great deal to the project. I could not have done it without him, and he would not have done it without me. Also, special thanks to Rogerio Caldas, the graduate assistant who proofread, organized, and compiled all of the chapters. The third thread was the agreement with our current contributors. John and I were very lucky, as we were able to recruit an exceptionally talented group that brought well-known senior scholars together with emerging junior scholars.We sought gender balance and disciplinary range as well as scholars from the region in order to give the volume textural richness. We believe the contributors have all in some way made significant contributions to the field of Latin American Studies while addressing with sophistication many of the key debates unfolding across the black Americas. Simply put, without them it would not have been possible. In closing, it is important to thank the Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (PLACA), the African American Studies Department, and the Dean’s Office in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University for their generous support. Finally, I wish to thank my family in Madrid, who stood by me during the project, for their patience and understanding. Kwame Dixon xvi  Acknowledgments ...


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