Dorothy E. Mosby

Interim Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Spanish
Specialization: 
Afro-Hispanic literature and culture; Caribbean and African diaspora literature

As interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, Dorothy E. Mosby is the chief academic officer at Mount Holyoke College. She is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the College’s academic mission and for supporting the 35 academic departments and programs; Library, Information, and Technology Services; academic centers; and the academic support offices, including the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Student Success and Advising, and the Teaching and Learning Initiative.

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.

Recent Campus News

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Meet Mount Holyoke’s newest faculty 2020

Mount Holyoke’s newest faculty bring cross-disciplinary scholarship to the College’s thriving intellectual community.

Dorothy Mosby, Associate Dean of Faculty

Dorothy E. Mosby is interim dean of faculty

Dorothy E. Mosby has been appointed as the interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty through June 30, 2022.  

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Working to fight and heal racism

The Mount Holyoke College community came together for a virtual event to talk about ways to fight racism in everyday life.

Dorothy Moseby, Mount Holyoke College

Professor to explore slave narratives

Professor Dorothy Mosby will participate in a seminar on slave narratives to analyze emancipation in the Civil War era.

Recent Publications

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.

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

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