Joycelyn A Wilson

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Joycelyn A. Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations in the Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Virginia Tech. Her interests are in African American Studies, hip-hop studies, ethnography, and the critical pedagogy. She has dedicated her professional career to the research, pedagogical, and outreach capabilities of hip-hop based education and how it interfaces with STEM education, the leadership development of students and teachers, and the range of diversities brought to the formal and informal classroom.  She is the founding director of The HipHop2020 Curriculum Project ( ), and is a Hiphop Archive Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Before joining the VT faculty, she completed post-doctoral research at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

An educational anthropologist in the Foundations of Education program, Dr. Wilson began her career as a high school Algebra and Geometry teacher and continues to make the world her classroom as a journalist, scholar, and producer. Her research is culminated in diverse media forums including journal articles, book chapters, blog essays, and documentary film. She has produced and moderated one-on-one conversations with hip-hop artists such as Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, Lupe Fiasco, and Clifford “TI” Harris, Jr. Along with former UN Ambassador and civil rights advocate Andrew Young, she produced the Emmy-winning documentary film Walking With Guns, a story about hope, redemption, and the challenge of non-violence for the post-civil rights/millennium generation. As a journalist, she has written for XXL, FADER, The SOURCE, wax poetics, and, the leading online source of news and commentary presented from an African American perspective.   She has also contributed commentary to <>  and the BET Networks' My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women in Hip-Hop, a documentary about the role of women in hip-hop culture.  She is currently finishing her first book, which focuses on the pedagogical implications of what she has coined "the language of schooling" as gleaned from post-civil rights/hip hop narratives.

Dr. Wilson has presented her work in Nigeria, Tanzania, Italy, and throughout the United States. She has consulted for the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST) at Columbia Teacher's College, the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, the Atlanta Public Schools, and the Jane Fonda Center at Emory University School of Medicine. She holds a PhD from the University of Georgia in the Social Foundations of Education, an MA from Pepperdine University in Curriculum & Instruction, and a BS from the University of Georgia in Mathematics.

As an affiliate faculty member with ICAT, Dr. Wilson looks to work with each studio on ways in which elements of hip-hop culture -  rapping, djing, breakdancing, graffiti art, and unity - have the potential to positively influence the development of students' and teachers' creative, technical, and leadership capacities.

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