Sean Gullickson earned a BA in Spanish, Psychology and Religion at St. Olaf College before receiving his MA and PhD in Spanish Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses primarily on Early Modern Spanish literature and reflects his wide-ranging, interdisciplinary background. His current book project seeks to analyze captive narrative and trauma in the Early Modern Mediterranean in terms of religious, superstitious and supernatural belief with the aid of contemporary psychological frameworks. He is also developing work on Cervantes and on Spanish pedagogy. Along with a team of GTAs he has begun creating an open educational textbook on the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, funded by a grant from the KU libraries.
As an Assistant Specialist at Kansas, Sean has had the privilege of teaching a wide variety of courses, including an Honors Seminar (HNRS 190) on witchcraft and two graduate courses on the Edwards campus. In addition to his own teaching responsibilities, he also coordinates the team of lecturers and GTAs teaching bridge courses in the department (SPAN 324, 328, 340, 346, 424 and 428). Within the department, Sean serves as a member of the Undergraduate Studies (UGS) and Scheduling Committees and is chair of the Honors Committee. He has completed Safe Zone training, served as a faculty advisor on a committee to establish interfaith reflection spaces on campus and facilitated a series of conversation exchanges between KU students and visiting students from Mexico.