Born in Bowling Green, Kentucky and raised in northern New Jersey, Professor Del Mastro earned his B.A. at Wake Forest University, his M.A. at Middlebury College, and his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. After defending his doctoral dissertation in August 1992, “Dr. D” relocated to Charleston, South Carolina to begin a career at The Citadel, where for 18 years he taught a variety of courses to include Spanish language and literature, and Hispanic culture and business. He also served as Head of The Citadel’s Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures from 2006-10.
In July 2010, he moved to the College of Charleston where he served as Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies until August 2019 when he started his current role as Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Administration in the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs.
In addition to his work in the Provost’s Office, Dr. D also serves on multiple professional boards and councils to include the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Association, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, the Hispanic Studies Advisory Board, and the Association of College Honor Societies.
Also an active scholar, Professor Del Mastro’s areas of research include the history of Hispanic professional organizations in the U.S., Spain’s Generation of 1898 literary movement, the Spanish novelist Carmen Laforet (Spain’s equivalent of the United States’ J.D. Salinger), and female identity, psychosocial development and psychoanalysis in 20th century post-Spanish Civil War narrative. Dr. D’s related publications include a forthcoming book on the history of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (2020), a Spanish literature anthology, and various articles in refereed academic journals. He has also presented his work in many regional, national and international venues.
In addition to his research, Professor Del Mastro is Co-Founder of the refereed journal Decimonónica; Editorial Board Member of Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs and MIFLC Review; Founding Advising Editor of Hispanic Studies Review; Full Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language; Correspondent Member of the Royal Academy of Spain, among other activities.
Dr. Del Mastro (right) upon his admission into the North American Academy of the Spanish Language as a Full Member and into the Royal Spanish Academy as a Corresponding Member. December 4, 2018, New York City.