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

Joycelyn "Dr. Joyce" Wilson
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Joycelyn "Dr. Joyce" Wilson At A Glance:

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).

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 TheHipHopSnob.com and is a partner in the HipHopEd collective. She has contributed commentary to The Root, AJC.com, 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.

  • The OUTKAST Imagination

    In her talk "The OUTKAST Imagination," Dr. Joyce will share with you how Hip-Hop has influenced her life and the unique benefits it can bring to education. She'll also share more about her Four Four Beat Project and what it means for educators hoping to infuse hip-hop pedagogy into their classrooms.
  • Community-centered Ed Reform: Standardization From a Different Perspective

    High-stakes standardized testing, along with zero tolerance policies and practices, have created distance between disadvantaged communities and minority populations primarily because of their punitive rather than restorative nature. In this talk, Dr. Wilson discusses assessment and accountability strategies for building bridges between the schools and the communities they serve that can offer educational justice and success for all stakeholders, including teachers, students, parents, and administrators.
  • Brown Girls With Braids: Creating Spaces for Black Girl Success

    How can we help girls of color resist mainstream images of beauty that result in low self-esteem and poor body image? In what ways can girls of color resolve conflict with one another in more positive and productive ways? Focusing on resilience, this talk discusses "Brown Girls With Braids", a project dedicated to building the self-esteem and self-confidence of youth women of color.
  • Moderator, Producer, Interviewer, Workshop Facilitator

    Dr. Wilson is a seasoned moderator, producer, interviewer, and workshop facilitator. She has interviewed some of the most notable artists, educators, and entertainers in the industry, as well as moderated conversations on panels for major conferences and news outlets such as American Educational Research Association and Al-Jazeera America. An Emmy-nominated documentary film producer, she has helped pull together ideas, develop storylines, and generate content. She has also facilitated several workshops with teachers, students, and administrators focused on pedagogy, leadership development, and social justice. In these areas, she is poised, approachable, and attentive, appealing to the needs of her audience.

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