Several researchers and professors at UCLA have offered extensive commentary on and support for my research and writing. In connection with my original interest in social science, Lynne Zucker has contributed significantly to my understanding of the sociology of economy and knowledge; I am thankful both for this foundational knowledge and for the opportunity to study and teach in these areas with Lynne. My understanding of education policy and my ability to create frameworks for analysis have shaped my ability to formulate a methodological approach and recommendations; José Luis Santos guided my approach in education policy analysis. I am especially grateful for my mentor, Robert Rhoads, whose expertise—coupled with our shared interests—has produced a fruitful collaborative partnership. From securing the UCLA Academic Senate grant for my research travel to starting the Globalization and Higher Education Research Center (www.globalhighered.com), Robert has been and continues to be an exceptional colleague.
I would also like to thank my parents. My mother, Melanie Collins, always encouraged me to take risks and to take the opportunities in front