Project Staff

Amy Rossomondo

Amy E. Rossomondo, Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, her M.A. from the University of Georgia, and her Ph.D. from Indiana University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Kansas she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University of Ohio. Her principal areas of research are second language acquisition, second language pedagogy/classroom research, and Hispanic sociolinguistics.

Keah Cunningham

Keah Cunningham, Assistant Director of the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center, holds a B.A. in Information Systems (with an Italian minor) from the University of Kansas. She is the web designer for the project as well as the lead contributor on all technical issues.

Jonathan Perkins

Jonathan Perkins, Director of the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center, received a B.A. in Russian from Middlebury College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Kansas. In addition to teaching Russian language at all levels, he has taught courses on Slavic folklore, Russian culture and on the use of technology in the foreign language classroom.

Rosalea Postma-Carttar

Rosalea Postma-Carttar, Associate Specialist in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, earned her B.A. in Spanish and German from the University of Kansas, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Hispanic Literature from Cornell University. Her principal role in the department is as Co-director of the Spanish Basic Language Program. She has published two textbook-related projects, and in 2000 won the Cramer Award for Teaching.

Erik Adler

Erik Adler is a Masters student at KU. He received his B.A.'s from the University of Northern Colorado in Spanish and English. His areas of interest include religion in Spanish Literature, especially the interactive religions of Medieval Iberia, as well as anything Venezuela.

Emilia Barbosa

Emilia Barbosa is a Ph. D. student in Latin American Literature with a minor in Latin American Studies. She explores the newly prospects of performance and theatre in Central America and she is very interested in Spectatorship and Response Theory. She loves teaching and is particularly sensitive to the challenges of incorporating cultural content in the curriculum.

Pablo Celis

Pablo G. Celis Castillo received his B.A. in Film Studies and his M.A. in Languages and Literature at the University of Utah and is currently a doctoral student at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas. His areas of interest are Latin American literature from the 19th to the 21st centuries (with an emphasis in the Andean region), Visual culture and Performance theory.

Edma Delgado Solórzano

Edma Delgado Solórzano received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Spanish from Hendrix College and her M.A. in Spanish from the University of Kansas. She is a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas. Her primary field of concentration is the 19th Century narrative in Latin America. She is also interested in U.S. Latina/o Studies.

Jen Gabriele

Jen Gabriele is a Masters student and a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at KU. She received her B.A. from Lawrence University in Spanish and Studio Art with an emphasis in sculpture and drawing. Her areas of interest include 20th century peninsular literature and visual culture, especially pertaining to the Spanish Civil War.

Mirla González

Mirla A. González, Editorial Assistant of Acceso, is a graduate student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at KU. She received an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Kansas and a B.S. in Biomedical Science and Spanish from Marist College. Her primary fields of study are 20th and 21st century Spain. Her other areas of interest include science, medicine and ethics in relation to literature, service learning, second language pedagogy and the use of technology in the language classroom.

Megan Migliazzo

Megan Migliazzo is a Course Coordinator for the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Kansas. She received a B.A. in Psychology from KU, a Master's in Human Resources from the Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao, Spain), and a M.S.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (emphasis in Foreign Language Education) from KU.

Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien is a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Kansas. He also received his M.A. from KU. His research areas include Medieval and Early Modern Peninsular Literature.

Jake Rapp

Jake Rapp is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He received his M.A. at the University of Kansas and his B.A. at Wartburg College. His research analyzes the relationships between literature, nationalism and modernization in Latin America.

Adriana Sommerville

Adriana Natali Sommerville received her Masters degree in C&I from the School of Education at the University of Kansas and her undergraduate degree in TESOL Education from Argentina, her native country. She teaches a variety of courses at the introductory and intermediate levels.

Ezekiel Stear

Ezekiel Stear has contributed Acceso material on the Caribbean and on Mexico, most notably the articles, links and activities relating to human rights movements in Chiapas. Hailing from California, Ezekiel and his family are happy to be at KU, where he currently pursues postgraduate studies in Spanish Literature. His long term goals are university teaching and research, with a special interest in the area of Latin American Colonial texts.

Elizabeth Villalobos

Elizabeth Villalobos received her Masters degree from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the San Diego State University. She is a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at KU. Her areas of interest include Border Studies, Human Rights, and Latin American Literature and Film.

Former Staff Who Made Significant Contributions to the Project

  • Karen Acosta - content creation (2008-13)
  • Emily Brown - content creation
  • Melisa Canales - designed and maintained the searchable glossary (2008-11)
  • Jose Ignacio Carvajal Regidor - proofreading and webpage creation (2010-11)
  • Russell Friedman - content creation
  • Maria J. Garcia Otero - content creation
  • Laura Gill - content creation
  • Ian Gowan - content creation
  • Alena Keene - content creation
  • Alicia Kranker - graphic design for the site, including the Acceso logo (2009-10)
  • Stacy Lutsch - content creation
  • Arturo Meijide Lapido - content creation
  • Tamara Mitchell - content creation
  • Regan Postma - content creation
  • Ismael Souto - content creation
  • Megan Thornton - content creation

Financial Contributions to the Project

Special thanks to the KU Center of Latin American Studies, which has provided Title VI funding to create graduate student positions to support the project.