Dr. Carrillo’s research covers areas such as cultural studies in education and  Latin@/Chican@ education.  His primary research focus is on the identities of academically successful Latino males from urban contexts and rural/semi-rural New Latin@ south regions. Utilizing qualitative methods and drawing from a critical orientation, his work covers issues of “home,” strategic resistance, intelligences, the politics of cultural & intergenerational memory, and holistic notions of “making-it” and academic success.  His research was central to his role as founding director of the Latin@ Education Research Hub (LERH) at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Education. In 2016, he published his book, Barrio Nerds: Latino Males, Schooling, and the Beautiful Struggle.


Carrillo, J.F. (2016). Searching for “Home” in Dixie: Identity and Education in the New Latin@ South. Educational Studies, 52 (1), 20-37.

Carrillo, J. F. (in press). I Grew Up Straight ‘hood: Unpacking the Intelligences of Low-Income Latino
Male College Students in North Carolina. Equity and Excellence in Education.


Carrillo, J.F. & Cervantes-Soon, C. G. (2014). Scholarship of Mind and Soul. Chapter in

upcoming book, Abriendo Puertas, Cerrando Heridas: Latinas/os Finding Work-Life Balance

in Academia.


Carrillo, J.F. (2013). Arpaio Doesn’t Control Anything: A Summer with El Hormiguero in

Phoenix, Arizona. The Urban Review, in press.


Carrillo, J.F. (2013). I Always Knew I was Gifted: Latino Males and the Mestiz@ Theory of

Intelligences. Berkeley Review of Education, 4 (1), 1-27.

(article can be found here:


Carrillo, J.F. (2013).The Unhomely in Academic Success: Latino Males Navigating the Ghetto

Nerd Borderlands. Culture, Society, and Masculinities, 5 (2), 193-207.


Carrillo, J.F. (2010). Teaching that Breaks Your Heart: Reflections on the Soul

Wounds of a First Year Latina Teacher. Harvard Educational Review, 80 (1), 74-80.


Carrillo, J.F. (2009).  From Compton to the Halls of Academia: Reflections on the Schizophrenic

Habitus of a Chicano Scholarship Boy.  In Van Galen, J.A.  and Dempsey, V.O. (Eds.), Trajectories:

The Social and Educational Mobility of Education Scholars From Poor and Working Class Backgrounds

(pp.19–29). Boston, MA: Sense Publishers.


Carrillo, J.F. (2008). Scholarship Boy in High Temp.  Journal of Latinos in Education, 7 (4),



Carrillo, J.F. (2007). Lost in Degree: A Chicano PhD student’s Search for Missing Clothes.

Journal of Latinos and Education, 6 (4), 347-350.


Cervantes-Soon, C. & Carrillo, J.F. (2008).  Review of the book Literacies of Power: What

 Americans are Not Allowed to Know, by D. Macedo. Anthropology & Education

Quarterly. Online, url:


MacDonald, V.M, & Carrillo, J.F. (2009) Introduction: The United Status of Latinos. In E.G.

Murillo Jr., Villenas, S., R.T. Galvan, J. S. Munoz, C. Martinez, M. Machado-Casas

(Eds.) Handbook of Latinos and Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (pp. 8-26).

New York: Routledge.


MacDonald, V.M. & Carrillo, J.F. (2006, Jan-Feb.). Review of the book Chicanas and

Chicanos in School: Racial Profiling, Identity Battles, and Empowerment, by

M. Pizarro.  International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 19, 1.


Macias, R.F., MacDonald, V.M. & Carrillo, J.F. (2005). Bilingual Education. In The Oxford

Encyclopedia of Latinas and Latinos in the United States, p. 170-176. Oxford University



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