I would like to thank the following professors for their valuable advice, insight, and support: Dr. Gregory Glasgow, Dr. Donald Patterson, and Professor Stephan Johnson. A very special thank you to my mentors, Dr. Viviane de Castro Pecanha and Dr. Sandra Baca.
Also, a big thank you to my seminar students over the past five years. You kept asking me for a textbook to accompany our seminar classes, and, finally, here it is. This textbook could not have been possible without your passionate participation, humor, openness, and honest feedback about the course content.
Finally, the biggest and most important thank you goes to my family, who gave me enough time alone in my home office to complete this textbook. Without your love, patience, and support, none of my professional accomplishments would have been possible. This book is dedicated to you.