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.
In July 2010, he moved to the College of Charleston and has since served as Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies. He also serves as Founding Director of the South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year program, Secretary-Treasurer of the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Association, and Executive Secretary-Treasurer/Director of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, among other professional activities.
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 20th century author 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; Council Member of the Association of College Honor Societies; 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.