For the last decade I have made a nuisance of myself peppering nearly every-one I met with questions as I struggled to understand the world of Elena Molokhovets. Scholarship is always collaborative; it is built on the work of others, past and present. Few scholars do their best work in isolation, and I for one have been particularly blessed in my associates. It is my happy duty now to acknowledge with gratitude those organizations, colleagues, friends, and family members who have helped me piece together the mosaic that culminated in this book.