Many people contributed to this book. Thanks to the psychedelic researchers who enthusiastically shared their experiences with me, offering thoughtful responses to my questions and words of encouragement about my project. Special thanks also to Stephanie Schmitz, France A. Córdova archivist, for helping me navigate Purdue’s Psychoactive Substances Research Collection, as well as Thomas Lannon, acting Charles J. Liebman Curator of Manuscripts at the New York Public Library, who assisted me as I sifted through the Timothy Leary Papers.
I received support for my research from the University of Illinois Provost’s Award and the Rue Bucher Memorial Award, Purdue University’s Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections grant, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy’s Faculty Research Incentive Fund grant.
I started researching this book as a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A wonderful group of mentors supported my project and helped me develop my ideas, including William Bielby, Claire Decoteau, and Sydney Halpern. Paul-Brian McInerney in particular was always willing to let me bounce ideas off him and pushed me to think through the sociological significance of my work. Many people have read and offered feedback on drafts of this book. In addition to those mentioned above, Nancy Campbell, Wendy Chapkis, Joanna Kempner, and Laura Stark provided invaluable feedback that helped me create a better book. Many thanks to my writing group, comprising Jody Ahlm, Paige Sweet, and Kelly Underman, for always being willing to read multiple drafts and offering smart, constructive feedback. I am grateful for their unwavering support and friendship. My colleagues at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Brett Craig and Dennis Doyle, also offered useful comments on early drafts. While many people contributed to this book, all interpretations and mistakes are my own.
This book would not have been completed without the support of my family. My partner, Dan, was patient and understanding when writing the book took me away from him, and he was always there when it mattered most. My sister, Mandy Giffort, has always been a role model for me, as most big sisters are, and her witty writing style influenced how I wrote this book. Mary Giffort, my mother, has always been one of my biggest supporters, and her unconditional love and encouraging Post-It notes have kept me going through the years. My other biggest supporter is my father, Dan Giffort, who half-jokingly told me to pick a dissertation topic that I love because I probably will be sick of it by the time I am done. It was good advice, and when I found my interest fading, his excitement for my project reignited mine. He tagged along with me at several psychedelic events and read my early drafts, offering smart feedback that helped me hone my writing style and tighten my arguments. I cannot thank him and my family enough.