Dorothy E. Mosby


  • Mary E. Woolley Professor of Spanish
  • on leave 2022-2023
Dorothy Mosby

Mosby is the author of Place, Language, and Identity in Afro-Costa Rican Literature (University of Missouri Press, 2003), which explores contemporary black writing from Costa Rica. Her translation of Quince Duncan's Weathered Men and The Four Mirrors was published in 2018.

Mosby’s poetry has appeared in Hispanic Culture Review. She has presented her research at numerous conferences and institutes and is a member of the Modern Language Association, the College Language Association, and the Afro/Latin American Research Association.

At Mount Holyoke, Mosby has taught Afra-Hispanic Literature: Black Women's Writing from the Spanish-Speaking World (a January Term intensive, taught in English); Introduction to Latin American Literature I; and Colonial and Nineteenth-Century Latin American Literature.

Before coming to Mount Holyoke, Mosby taught Spanish and Portuguese at Ohio State University.

Areas of Expertise

Afro-Hispanic literature and culture; Caribbean and African diaspora literature


  • Ph.D., M.A., University of Missouri at Columbia
  • B.A., Hood College


Recent Campus News

Mosby, Mary E. Woolley professor of Spanish, has accepted a new position as the dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Skidmore College. She will assume this role in June of 2023.

Ten esteemed Mount Holyoke College faculty members have retired.

The recipients of the coveted Mount Holyoke College Faculty Awards were celebrated at a Zoom ceremony replete with warmth and kindness.

Recent Publications

Mosby, D. E.  (2003) Place, Language, and Identity in Afro-Costa Rican Literature. Columbia: University of Missouri Press.

Mosby, D. E. (2014) Quince Duncan: Writing Afro-Costa Rican and Caribbean Identity.  Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.

Mosby, D. E., translator (2018).  Quince Duncan's Weathered Men and The Four Mirrors:  Two Novels of Afro-Costa Rican Identity.  Afro-Latin@ Diaspora Series, Palgrave Macmillan.

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