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Cristina Carrasco

Cristina Carrasco

Teaching Professor
Associate Coordinator
Dey Hall 134


Ph.D., Hispanic Literature, The University of Texas at Austin, 2007

MA, Comparative Literature, The University of Iowa, 2001

Licenciatura, BA, Filología inglesa, Universitàt de Valéncia, España, 1998

About Professor Carrasco

Cristina Carrasco’s research focuses on contemporary Peninsular and Transatlantic film and literature, with a particular interest on recent immigration to Spain, exotic representations of marginalized groups, and transnational identities in the Iberian Peninsula. She is also interested in Food Studies and analyzes how Spanish culinary culture has been shaped by geography, religion, demographics, and sustainability. She was recently awarded a Curriculum Development Award to create a course on Cultural Identity in Spain and will start a teaching project that combines cultural awareness, hands-on research, technology, and Spanish food.

Dr.Carrasco is an active member of ACTFL and their mentoring program. In sync with her interests in the scholarship of teaching, she is conducting research on how to teach authentic literary texts in language courses and how to assess oral skills in Spanish through authentic conversation platforms with native speakers. She loves to create new learning tools for our students and is eager to collaborate with others as part of a team, in the pursuit of our common goals for Undergraduate Education at UNC.

At UNC, Dr. Carrasco designs and teaches courses on both Latin American and Spanish literature and culture. She also co-coordinates more than forty sections of intermediate Spanish language courses each year. She strongly believes in study abroad education and community engagement as transformative educational experiences. Dr. Carrasco addresses diversity in the classroom and believes that experiential learning is vital. For nine consecutive years, she was the recipient of a Pragda grant to curate the Latin American Film Festival with Duke University, an initiative that allows students to watch and discuss films from different Spanish-speaking countries.

Through her innovative teaching strategies, Dr. Carrasco fosters a welcoming environment, and her mentorship inside and outside the classroom positively impacts the lives of many individuals. For the past five years, she has been a faculty mentor for the Spanish Honorary Society, Sigma Delta Pi. Since 2021, she also serves as faculty advisor for the student organization, Realness and Recipes. She has organized different activities such as a such as a career night, a community speaker series, and the Spanish Tertulia.

Over the past ten years at Carolina, she has participated in many other community activities as an invited speaker of Mornings at the Movies or as a discussion leader for the Carolina Humanities Center Great Books seminar. Last year, she was invited as a guest speaker to a K-12 Workshop about Andalusia and the History and Culture of Muslim Spain, and just this year she gave another talk about Spanish Food and Cultural Identity for North Carolina educators.

Publications, Articles, & Presentations

"Teaching How to Make a Novel (1927) and its Legacy in Contemporary Spanish Autobiographical Metafictions.” Aproaches to Teaching the Works of Miguel de Unamuno. Ed. Luis Alvarez-Castro. New York: Modern Language Association, 2021.

“La sartén por el mango: la cocina como resistencia en Inés y la alegría (2010) de Almudena Grandes.” Estudios sobre Almudena Grandes. Ed. Elena Talaya-Manso y Sara Fernández Medina. Granada: Valparaíso Ediciones, 2016. 59-77.

“De Macondo a San Salvador: la recepción crítica en España de la obra de Horacio Castellanos-Moya.” Horacio Castellanos Moya: El diablo en el espejo. Ed. María del Carmen Caña Jiménez y Vinodh Venkatesh. Valencia: Albatros (Serie Palabras de América), 2016 . 47-63.

“Josefina Vicens: una olvidada del canon.” Dossier Josefina Vicens. Literatura contemporánea en Español, Fundación Mapfre, Proyecto web (Madrid) – forthcoming.

Carrasco, C., Kohl, A.G., Shade, A.I. “Literatura” sections for Anda: Curso Intermedio, 3E (LeLoup, Cowell, Heining-Boynton) Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2016.

“Juan José Millás.” Contemporary Literary Criticism Series. Detroit: Gale, volume 390, 2015.

“Transatlantic Revisions of the Conquest in Inma Chacón’s La princesa india.” Colonial Itineraries of Contemporary Mexico. Literary and Cultural Inquiries. Ed. Oswaldo Estrada and Anna M. Nogar. Tucson: U of Arizona P, 2014. 172-89.

“Disidencias literarias en París no se acaba nunca de Enrique Vila-Matas.” Enrique Vila-Matas: espejos de la ficción. Ed. Felipe Ríos Baeza. México: Eón, 2012. 293-311.

“Barcelona no es sólo Gaudí: representaciones cinematográficas de una ciudad global.” Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies. Special Issue: “Navigating Through the Spanish Urban Space in the 20th and 21st Centuries” 8 (2012): 100-20.

“Contestatory Fairytales and Liminal Spaces in Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.” Revista de Humanidades 31-32 (2011-2012): 13-30.

“Cuando la amistad vive en la ficción: las autobiografías excéntricas de Sergio Pitol y Enrique Vila-Matas.” Revista Mexicana de Literatura Contemporánea 59 (2012) : XXXIX – XLIII.

“Las metaficciones autobiográficas en La loca de la casa (2003) de Rosa Montero.” Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura 16 (2011): 230-38.

Agua con sal: otredad y exotismo caribeño en el cine español contemporáneo.” Romance Notes 2 (2011): 237-46.

Awards & Honors

European Studies Curriculum Award Development, 2020.

Mini grant Teaching with Technology, 2019.

Buchan Award recipient, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016

Sigma Delta Pi UNC Chapter advisor, Fall 2016

Matching Funds Award (Center for Global Initiatives) Spring 2015, Fall 2015

College of Arts and Sciences Travel Funds recipient, Spring 2014, 2015, 2016

Typical Courses

SPAN 101/102: Intensive Beginning Spanish

SPAN 301 H: Introduction to Latin American and Spanish Literature

SPAN 260: Advanced Spanish in Context

SPAN 203: Intermediate Spanish (Assistant Coordinator)

SPAN 308: Let’s Talk about Food: Spanish Food and Cultural identity