Vanessa Rosa

Class of 1929 Dr. Virginia Apgar Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies

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.

Recent Campus News

The New England Consortium for Latina/o Studies, at their fall 2017 meeting at Mount Holyoke College, gathers twice a year for teaching, collaboration and leadership development.

Curating Latinx scholarship

The New England Consortium for Latina/o Studies gives Mount Holyoke professors a chance to collaborate, share best practices and offer mentorship.

Recent Publications

Rosa, V. (2021). Colonial Projects: Public Housing and the Management of Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1945–1970. In A.Y. Ramos-Zayas and M.M. Rúa (Eds.) Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies (pp.186-196). NYU Press.

Rosa, R. (2020). “Mi Casa Is Not Su Casa: A Research Reflection.” Meridians 19(2): 278-294.

Recent Honors

Was invited to speak at the closing session for the Fall 2020 Campus Compact Symposium, “Advancing Equity Through Publicly Engaged Scholarship: Transforming Faculty Reward Policies and Practices.” Vanessa also spoke about her research at the Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism Volume 19 symposium and celebration in November 2020.