Vanessa Rosa is Class of 1929 Virginia Apgar Assistant Professor of Latina/o/x Studies at Mount Holyoke College. Her research explores dynamic and deceptive relationships between state-level diversity management efforts, on the one hand, and community organizing in the context of structural inequality, on the other. Rosa is currently completing a book manuscript titled Precarious Constructions: Race, Class, and Urban Revitalization (UNC Press) which investigates the national-identity making effects of the urban revitalization of two public housing projects in Toronto, Ontario. She has also begun archival research on her new project which explores Puerto Rican women’s tenant activism in New York City from 1945-1970. She has published in the Journal of Critical Race Inquiry, Meridians, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, and Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies (NYU 2021). Rosa was awarded a 2017-2019 Duke University Mellon Mays SITPA Fellowship. She was named a finalist for the 2019 Ernest A. Lynton Award for Engaged Scholarship and serves on the national steering committee for the Consortium for Faculty Diversity.
At Mount Holyoke, Rosa teaches Introduction to Latinx Studies, Race, Racism, and Power, Latinx Urbanism, Latina Feminism, Nueva York, and Latinxs and Housing. In Rosa’s courses, she incorporates community engaged learning opportunities for students, including projects with various local organizations in Holyoke and Springfield, Massachusetts.