About Me

Dr. Juan F. Carrillo is a native of the barrios of south Los Angeles. His K-12 schooling experiences were in low SES L.A. area public schools. He graduated from Lynwood High School and had his first college experience as a 16 year-old at Compton Community College (Compton, CA). Carrillo was raised by Mexican immigrants from the state of Sinaloa and he was the first person in his immediate family to graduate from third grade.  His work reflects the potential of connecting the personal to research questions and dilemmas in U.S. society. His experiences include being a high school teacher in low SES communities, positions in curriculum development, and various administrative roles in K-12 schools. In 2010, he earned a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Cultural Studies in Education, and a Mexican American Studies Graduate Portfolio from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2014, he was awarded the UNC Chapel Hill Chiron Award for Teaching Excellence and Service and he was selected to be part of the fifth class of the UNC Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. His dissertation, So Far From Home: Portraits of Mexican-Origin Scholarship Boys was awarded the Spencer Foundation Fellowship for Research Related to Education. In 2015, he was awarded the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. His publications have been featured in journals such as the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Latinos and Education, and The Urban Review. In 2016, Carrillo became the founding director of the UNC-Chapel Hill Latin@ Education Research Hub (LERH). You can learn more about LERH here: https://www.facebook.com/Latinoa-Education-Research-Hub-1541931256099407/?ref=hl