Dr. Berta Carrasco

Associate Professor of Spanish
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Berta Carrasco arrived at Hope College in fall 2012. She earned her master’s and Ph.D. at Western Michigan University and taught one year at Immaculata University, a Catholic university in Pennsylvania.

At Hope, Berta teaches beginning Spanish as well as Loading... for heritage speakers and for students with Spanish as second language. She loves teaching Spanish and sharing her culture and language with my students.  

AREAS OF expertise

Berta received her Ph.D. in Spanish women’s writings, focusing on the testimony of women who were in prison during the Spanish Civil War. Related to this topic, she likes to research how the change of generations affects the way women define themselves.

Besides her interest in women’s writings, she also conducts research on hybrid learning and teaching, and more specifically how to create hybrid activities that are effective in a hybrid format.


  • Ph.D., Spanish peninsular literature, Western Michigan University, 2011
  • M.A., Spanish literature and cultures, Western Michigan University, 2007
  • B.A., English philology, Universidad Nebrija, Madrid, 2005

Berta spent her junior undergraduate year at Kalamazoo College, where she studied abroad and worked as a Spanish conversation lab instructor.


As a graduate student, Berta received several awards and fellowships, including:

  • Gwen Frostic Fellowship
  • Department of Spanish Graduate Research and Creative Award
  • All-University Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award

At Hope College she has received grants that have helped her to continue her research and formation as a professor, including:

  • Haworth Fellowship
  • Yntema Family Faculty Development Fund
  • Willard C. Wichers Faculty Development Fund
  • Technology Innovation Grant

She has also presented at multiple national and international conferences.

Published work

  • “‘Desde la noche y la niebla’ y ‘Alias Lola; historia de las últimas presas políticas de la cárcel de Ventas’: dos historias de resistencia colectiva femenina en la cárcel franquista de Ventas,” chapter in La identidad en el mundo hispano Igualdades y desigualdades en los siglos XIX, XX y XXI a través de diversos textos, forthcoming 2019
  • “País Íntimo: Identity Formation of a Generation that Inherited the Trauma of the Spanish Civil War,” Michigan Academician, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, 2018
  • “El proceso de literaturización de los primeros yextos de las cárceles femeninas franquistas (1970–1980),” Sincronía. Revista electrónica de Filosofía, Letras y Humanidades, 2018
  • Hybrid Language Teaching in Practice: Perceptions, Reactions, and Results, Springer, 2015

Outside Hope

There are three things that Berta absolutely loves doing in her free time: reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoy going for very long walks.

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Dr. Berta Carrasco

Phone Number616.395.7957

Martha Miller Center 224 257 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423-3615
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