Vanessa Rosa is an assistant professor of Latina/o Studies. Her research interests include the study of race and ethnicity, citizenship and national identities, and social stratification in cities. Rosa is currently completing a book manuscript titled Diversifying Cities: Between Gentrification and Revitalization 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. Rosa teaches courses on housing, cities, and Latina feminism and incorporates community-based learning and civic engagement in her teaching, including projects with various local organizations in Holyoke and Springfield. She was selected as a 2018-2020 SITPA scholar and serves on the organizing committee for the the New England Consortium for Latina/o Studies. Prior to her position as an assistant professor, Rosa was a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Mount Holyoke.
Class of 1929 Dr. Virginia Apgar Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies; on leave 2020-2021