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 developed and 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 joined the College of Charleston to serve as Chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies for over 9 years, was then appointed Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Administration in 2019, and in 2021 his role expanded with overseeing the Office of the Registrar and the Center for International Education as Associate Provost for Academic and International Programs.
Dr. D’s research includes 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. He has published a book on the history of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (Juan de la Cuesta 2020), a Spanish literature anthology (McGraw-Hill 1998), and numerous articles and notes 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; and Member of the Executive Committees of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society and the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Association, 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.