Many thanks to Laura Bartlett-Snyder, Marc Bousquet and Leo Parascondola, who have helped me to think through the primary issues that I raise in this book since graduate school. I also thank Lil Brannon, who has commented on this work in its various phases and who has also been a steadfast source of support and an invaluable and committed partner in dialogue. Michael Spooner who has been an extremely supportive editor and moved this book smoothly and steadily toward publication. Others who have provided valuable critical feedback on parts, or all, of the manuscript: Jeanne Gunner, Lisa Melencon, John Tassoni, Nancy Welch, and the anonymous peer reviewers who read the manuscript for Utah State University Press. Finally, I would like to thank all of those students and teachers who were willing to participate in the research. For all of its problems and challenges, this is still the best job I know.
Parts of chapter four were published in “How Soon Is Now?: Writing Work, Education, and Fast Capitalism.” in Open Words: Access and English Studies 2.1 (2008): 4–21.