Joycelyn "Dr. Joyce" Wilson

Joycelyn "Dr. Joyce" Wilson

Educator, Speaker, Writer, Style Junkie, Hip-Hop Scholar

Joycelyn A. Wilson, aka Dr. Joyce, is Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Qualitative Methodologies in the Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Virginia Tech's School of Education. She is also affiliate faculty in the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), an Emmy-nominated documentary film producer, and the founding director of the Four Four Beat Project, an open access archive integrating popular culture, music, and pedagogy.

An Emmy-nominated film producer and Hiphop Archive alumnus fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University, Professor Wilson is a Hip Hop generation scholar of social and cultural foundations of education and ethnographic methodologies. Her interests are in African American culture and intellectual history, race and gender in popular culture, autoethnography, and culturally-relevant pedagogies that help develop STEM and social justice capacities of youth and youth influencers. Her current research fuses autoethnography with Black women intellectual history and Hip Hop Based Education (HipHopEd).

Dr. Wilson publishes commentary on and is a partner in the HipHopEd collective. She has contributed commentary to The Root,, BET, and VH1 Rock Docs's ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta's Rise in the Rap Game. Along with civil rights leader Andrew Young, she co-produced the Emmy-winning documentary film Walking With Guns, featuring rapper/actor Clifford “TI” Harris, Jr. and Grammy-winning rapper/activist Michael "Killer Mike" Render. Before parlaying her hip hop sensibilities into academia, Dr. Wilson was a high school math teacher and journalist for market-leading publications such as XXL, The Source, Fader, Rap Pages, and wax poetics.

A fashion magazine junkie and product of the Atlanta Public Schools, she received both her BS in Mathematics and PhD in Educational Foundations and Qualitative Research from the University of Georgia. Her MA is from Pepperdine University. She stands on the shoulders of family, teachers, and mentors. They are her backbone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @drjoycedotnet.

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