I must first acknowledge and thank my parents, Harry and Carole Curry, for my life, my talents, and my perspectives. Devin and Curt Hood, my niece and nephew, keep me humble through every project. They are the best people to laugh with on the face of the planet. Without Patricia Dyer, who cares for and loves my daughter while I write, and without Kaleena Renée Llorente, baby-sitter extraordinaire, I would not have been able to put these words on paper. Of course, there is also Ben, the Labrador who warms my feet every moment I sit at the computer.
The finest people with whom I have had the pleasure of critiquing, thinking, collaborating, and debating the issues in White Women Writing White include its earliest readers Terry Allison and Sherri Williams Foster. In addition to those readers, Dawn Formo and Susie Lan Cassel have provided immeasurable insight and support throughout the project. My colleagues and friends in the History Program at California State University, San Marcos, Peter Arnade, Patty Seleski, and Jill Watts, generously walked me through the complicated historical aspects of whiteness. David Avalos, Steven Gould Axelrod, Elizabeth Colwill, Catherine Cucinella, Sharon Elise, Victoria Fabry, Joni Foster, Don Funes, Merryl Goldberg, Vicki Golich, Tamara Rodgers Hopton, Cathryn Bradeen Knox, Andrea Liss, Regina Eisenbach Llorente, Theresa Nesbitt, Deborah Small, Gabriella Sonntag, Carlos von Son, and Pat Worden have been the most collegial of partners in this intellectual endeavor. No descriptors can reveal the variety of ways these people have helped me.