She doesn’t even act Mexican: smartness trespassing in the new south

Juan F. Carrillo, Esmeralda Rodriguez

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Historically, Latin@s have experienced deficit thinking as it relates to their perceived academic abilities. In North Carolina’s emerging Latin@ population, the first waves of K-12 students are writing a new chapter in the state’s history. Yet, there is a dearth of research that focuses on the identities of academically successful Latin@ students in the state. This qualitative study examines the politics and discrimination associated with claiming a ‘smart identity’ in the new south by documenting the experiences of a high-achieving Latina high school student. We introduce and use the term, ‘smartness trespassing,’ to capture this tension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1236-1246
Number of pages11
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Latin@ education
  • New Latino diaspora
  • race and ethnicity
  • smartness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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