Curriculum Vita

Joycelyn A. Wilson

Assistant Professor

Faculty of Learning Sciences and Technologies

School of Education

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Ph.D.   Social/Anthropological Foundations of Education. University of Georgia, May 2007. Advisor: Dr. Judith Preissle. 

Title: The Language of Schooling in Southern Hip Hop Communities of Practice 

Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies Graduate Certificate. Ethnography/Ethnographic Methods. University of Georgia. May 2007.

M.A.   Curriculum and Instruction. Pepperdine University. Dec 1997.

B.S.     Mathematics. University of Georgia. June 1996.


Current Academic Positions

Assistant Professor, Foundations of Education (2012 – present). Faculty of Learning Sciences and Technologies, School of Education. Virginia Tech.

Visiting Assistant Professor. (2016 – present). Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Affiliate Faculty. (2015 – present). Africana Studies. College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech.

Affiliate Faculty/Catalyst Fellow. (2012 – Present). Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, Center for the Arts, Virginia Tech.

Current Research Positions

Principal Investigator. (2007 – present). Four Four Beat Project Multimedia Digital Archive. or

Post-doctoral Research Fellowships

Hiphop Archive Fellow. (2011 – 2013). W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Harvard University.

Scholar-In-Residence. (2008 – 2011). Leadership Center and Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, African American Studies Program, Morehouse College.

Post-doctoral Awards

Emmy Award Nominee, Best Cultural Production Documentary. (2009). “Walking With Guns”. National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). Southeast Region.

Finalist, Dissertation Award. (2007). “Outkast’d and Claimin’ True: The Language of Schooling in the Hip Hop Community of Practice”. Council on Anthropology in Education. American Anthropological Association.

Other Professional Employment


Editorial board member. (2015 – present). Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education. University of Calgary.

Research Assistant. (2005 – 2006). William Dawson Book Project. Under the direction of Dwight Andrews, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnomusicology, Emory University.

Editorial Assistant. (2001 –  2002). The Womanist Theory and Research Journal. Institute of African American Studies, University of Georgia.

Research and Evaluation

Research Consultant. (2014 – 2015). Davenport University, College of Urban Education.

Research Associate.. (2004 – 2010). Andrew Young Foundation, Atlanta, GA.

Ethnographic Researcher. (2005 – 2007). National Center for the Restructuring of Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST) and Institute for Student Achievement (ISA), Teachers College, Columbia University.

Research Evaluator. (2005 – 2006). Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) Project, Occupational Research Group, College of Education, University of Georgia.


Instructor. (2008). Department of Educational Policy Studies, Georgia State University.

Instructor. (2007 – 2008). Department of African American Studies, Georgia State University.

Instructor. (2007 – 2008). Department of Education, LaGrange College.

Program Development/Community Outreach

ARTSCool/StoryCorps Mentor. (2010).  ARTSCool, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs.

Social Marketing Director. (2009). Start Strong Atlanta. Jane Fonda Center, Emory University School of Medicine.

Secondary Teaching

Program Director, Middle/Upper School Math Teacher. (1999 –2001).  Summerbridge Atlanta/The Lovett School. Atlanta, GA.

Math Teacher. (1996-1999). Mira Costa High School. Manhattan Beach, CA.


 Current Research Project and Focus

Virtual Four Four ( is a multimedia, interactive archive of curricula designed to enhance the social justice literacies and civic engagement capacities of college and pre-college youth through educational experiences curated using culture, music, and virtual, augmented realities. Our first project uses the project’s archive of Black cultural and musical artifacts and resources to tell the history of Atlanta’s role in civil rights, Hip Hop, and social justice in compelling and innovative ways. It is an open-access classroom resource for teachers, educators, and other youth influencers.

Current Research Interests 

Black Cultural Production, Digital Media, Learning Technologies, Critical Ethnography

A.   PUBLISHED BOOKS AND PARTS OF BOOKS (An asterisk (*) identifies a publication that has gone (or will go) through peer review.)

A1. Books 

A2. Other Parts of Books

Invited Book Chapters

*Wilson, J. (publication date, August 2017). “The Kid Cudi Lesson”: The HipHop2020 Curriculum Project and the authentic leadership language of Man on the Moon – The End of Day. In K. Stanford and C. Jones (Eds.), Higher Learning: Hip Hop in the Academy. Baltimore, MD: Black Classic Press.

*Wilson, J. (2017). Shadowed lessons of Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik: A critical duoethnography. In J. Austin (Ed.), Spinning culture as public pedagogy:A critical exploration of album cover vinyl artwork. (pp 127-138). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

*Wilson, J. (in press, 2017). Barber shop talk: The Language of schooling of Michael “Killer Mike” Render. In C. Emdin, T. Jones, & A. Cook (Eds.), #HipHopEd: The Manual (vol. 1). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

*Wilson, J. (2017, in press). A conversation with Bryan Barber. In Regina Bradley (Ed.), Outkastd Conversations, Athens: University of Georgia Press.

*Wilson, J. (2013). The MC in YOU:  Leadership pedagogy and southern hip-hop in the HBCU classroom. In M.L. Hill and E. Petchaur (Eds.), Schooling hip-hop: Expanding hip-hop based education across the curriculum. (pp. 66-92). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

*Wilson, J. (2007). Tip drills, strip clubs, and representations in the media: Cultural Reflections and criticisms from the pov of an African American female southern hip-hop scholar. In G. Pough (Ed.) Home girls make some noise!: Hip-hop feminism anthologyMira Loma, CA: Parker Publishing.

Book Reviews

Wilson, J. (2003). Review of the book The hip hop generation: Young blacks and the crisis in African American culture. Cercles: Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Anglophone, 8.


*Tillman, D. A., Wilson, J. A., Zhang, M., Camsat, D., Galindo, F. A.., & An, S. A. (2015). I’ve got the power: Representations of mathematical skills and abilities within popular movies about successful Hip Hop musicians. Journal of Mathematics Education. 8(2). 75-96.

Wilson, J. (2014). Render, R.A.P. Music, and Reagan: Killer Mike and the Hip Hop Imagination. Art Papers.  Jan/Feb.

*Wilson, J. (2011). “The Kid Cudi Lesson”: The HipHop2020 Curriculum Project and the authentic leadership language of Man on the Moon – The End of Day. International Journal of Africana Studies. 16(1). 156-172.


C1. Documentary Film Production

Young, A. (Producer), Hackworth, C.B. (Producer/Director/Writer), & Wilson, J.(Producer). (2008). Walking With Guns. (Documentary film). United States: Andrew Young Foundation and Georgia Public Broadcasting.

C2. Digital Publishing

Wilson, J. (2017, Jan 25). Hip Hop’s response to a new era: Run The Jewels at The Tabernacle. Retrieved from

Wilson, J. (2016, Feb 24). Are we on the verge of a hip hop-inspired political revolution. Retrieved from

*Wilson, J. (2015, Oct 29). Black lives can’t matter some of the time. The Root/Univision. Retrieved from

*Wilson, J. (2015, May 3). Black mothers matter: The real reason Toya Graham deserves praise. NewsOne/Radio One, Inc.  Retrieved from

*Wilson, J. (2015, January 5). In 2015, Supplement your musical diet with rap that feeds the mind. TheRoot/The Slate Group.  Retrieved from

*Wilson, J. (2014, May 24). Old-schooled: 8 Classic hip hop hits worth teaching students. TheRoot/The Slate Group. Retrieved from

*Wilson, J. (2014, Feb 23). 4 reasons to watch VH1’s the tanning of America TheRoot/The Slate Group. Retrieved from

*Wilson, J. (2014, January 1). Let’s hope hip-hop steps up in 2014. TheRoot/The Slate Group.Retrieved from

*Wilson, J. (2013, October 16). Kendrick Lamar: 5 reasons he’s a sensitive rapper. TheRoot/The Slate Group. Retrieved from

*Wilson, J. (2013, October 4). Drake is corny and courageous. TheRoot/The Slate Group Retrieved from bum_honors_hiphops_past_present_and_future.html

*Wilson, J. (2013, September 22). DJs go back to school. TheRoot/The Slate Group Retrieved from

*Wilson, J. (2013, Aug 30). Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, and the Politics of Appropriation. TheRoot/The Washington Post. Retrieved from

*Wilson, J. (2013, July 7). A new way to empower black women. TheRoot/The Washington Post. Retrieved from

*Wilson, J. (2013, Aug 21). Robin Thicke and the art of jacking for beats. TheRoot/The Washington Post. Retrieved from

*Wilson, J (2011, Oct 19). What will be hip-hop’s legacy. TheRoot/The Washington Post. Retrieved from

C3. Digital Humanities

Wilson, J. Four Four Beat Project. Retrieved from Digital Humanities Project. (Ongoing)


D1. Special Lectures


Wilson, J. (upcoming, August 2017). The Hip Hop Archive as design issue: Going from the physical to the digital. An invited plenary speaker at the 4th Annual Digital Pedagogy Institute. Centre for Humanities. Brock University. St. Catharines, ON, Canada.


Wilson, J. (2016, March). For those who love hip hop…and trap music: A conversation on hip hop, social justice, and digital media. An invited lecture delivered to the students and faculty of Georgia Tech. Atlanta, GA.

Wilson, J. (2016, February). For those who love God…and trap music: A conversation on hip hop, social justice, and cultural resilience. An invited lecture delivered to the students and faculty of Kansas State University. Manhattan, KS.

Wilson, J. (2014, April).  Hip Hop, education, and identity. An invited lecture delivered to the student body of Occidental College. Los Angeles, CA.

Wilson, J. (2014, November). The OUTKAST imagination. A special lecture delivered at the annual TEDxVirginiaTech, Blacksburg, VA. Retrieved from

Wilson, J. (2014, October). The OUTKAST imagination, An invited lecture delivered at the annual CityWorks Xpo, Roanoke, VA. Retrieved from

Wilson, J. (2013, November). Freedom starts with self. An invited lecture delivered at the Black Graduate Student Organization Ebony Affair. Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA.

Wilson, J. (2011, November). Moving towards legitimacy. A keynote address delivered at the Think Tank Session I: Rolling Deep, Moving Forward: Professionalizing Hip Hop Education. The Hip-Hop Education Center, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education/Center for Multicultural Education and Programs. New York University. New York, NY.

Wilson, J. (2011, October). Doing school in southern Hip-Hop (Culture). A keynote address delivered at W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.

Wilson, J. (2011, October). The language of schooling in Hip Hop culture. A keynote address delivered at the Afro-American Cultural Center, Yale University. New Haven, CT.

Wilson, J. (2011, December). Hip Hop, social change, and the Civil Rights Movement. A keynote address delivered at the Athena Program at Harvard. Cambridge, MA.

D2. Invited Talks

Wilson, J. (2016, October). How to Use Different Digital Humanities and Social Science Tools. An invited presentation for the Innovation, Collaboration, Liberal Arts, Science, and Technology (ICLAST) Luncheon, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Tech. Atlanta, GA.

Wilson, J. (2016, September). Taking a physical archive to a digital one. An invited talk for the Digital Media Talks. Digital Media, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Tech. Atlanta, GA.

Wilson, J., Peterson, J.B., Burnside, T.A., Kimbrough, W. Rice, D. W. (2016, October).  Hip Hop as Education.An invited moderator at the annual All 3 Coasts (A3C) Atlanta Music Festival and Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Love, B., Wilson, J., Lindsey, T., Daneshzadeh, A., Petchauer, E., Emdin, C. (2016, April). “Hell You Talmbout”: Solidarity or Bust. An invited panelist for the Critical Examination of Race, Class, Ethnicity and Gender in Education Special Interest Group at the annual American Educational Research Association (AERA). Washington, DC.

Love, B., Wilson, J. (2016, April).  Hip hop theories, praxis, and pedagogies. An invited panelist for the Graduate Student Council at the annual American Educational Research Association (AERA). Washington, DC.

Wilson, J. (2016, March). What the South has to say in the digital age. . An invited panelist for ChooseATL at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) meeting. Austin, TX.

Ogbar, J. O.G., Wilson, J., Livingston, S., Rice, D. W. (2014, October).  That’s academic: Sensibilities and actions that bind the best of Hip Hop and educationAn invited panelist at the annual All 3 Coasts (A3C) Atlanta Music Festival and Conference. Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA.

Morrell, E., Bransford, P., Dean, J., Smith, E., and Wilson, J., (2013, November). Connecting learning with Hip Hop and technology. An invited panelist at the Hip-Hop Education Think Tank III: Cultivating a Global Cipher From the Streets to the Classroom, Metropolitan Center at the Steinhardt School, New York University, New York, NY.

Wilson, J., Petchauer, E., Frame, B, Jones, Z. and Moore, J. (2012, September). Tupac Shakur, authentic leadership, and the HipHop2020 Curriculum Project. Panel organized and presented at the meeting of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection Conference: Hip-Hop, Education, and Expanding the Archival Imagination. Robert Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center. Atlanta, GA.

D3. Paper Presentations at Professional Meetings


Wilson, J. (2005, July). Examining the language practices of southern Hip Hop culture. Paper session presented at the bi-annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), Universite’ La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.


Wilson, J., Love, B. and Emdin, C. (2015, April). Localizing the Hip Hop community of practice. Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Chicago, IL.

Emdin, C., Billings, G. L., and Wilson, J. (2014, April).  What is Hip Hop Pedagogy? Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia, PA.

Petchauer, E., Wilson, J., Alim, H. Samy, (2013, April). The MC in YOU: Leadership pedagogy and southern hip-hop in the HBCU classroom. Paper session presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA.

Wilson, J., Petchauer, E., Smith, Z., and Moore, J. (2013, February). Follow the Leader: Using hip-hop aesthetics in youth leadership development. Paper session presented at the Hip-Hop Literacies Annual Meeting and Conference. The Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology. Columbus, OH.

Wilson, J., (2011, March). The Kid Cudi lesson: The HipHop2020 Curriculum Project and the authentic leadership language of Man on the Moon – The End of Day. Paper presentation presented at the National Council for Black Studies. University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, OH. 


Wilson, J. (upcoming, April 2017). Engaging the Lyrics of Outkast and Trap Music to Explore Politics of Social Justice: A Case Study on Course Innovation in Undergraduate Humanities Instruction. An invited paper as part of the session on “The Arts and Black Atlanta” for the Fifth Annual Atlanta Studies Symposium: Rethinking Equity in Atlanta. Emory University Center for Digital Scholarship. Atlanta, GA. http://digitalscholarship.emory.edu

D4. Workshops and Training Sessions

Wilson, J. (2014, June). Introducing HipHopEd in the k-12 classroom. A workshop facilitated as part of PEARLS: Partnership for Excellence, Access, Retention, Leadership, and Success, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Blacksburg, VA.

Wilson, J. and Petchauer, E.  (2014, February). Digital pedagogies: New directions in HipHopEd. A workshop facilitated at the Hip-Hop Literacies Annual Meeting and Conference, The Ohio State University, College of Education and Human Ecology, Columbus, OH.

Wilson, J. (June, 2012, 2013). Using African American youth culture to develop authentic leadership skills. A workshop facilitated at the Coca-Cola Pre-College Leadership Institute. The Andrew Young Center for Global Leadership Morehouse College. Atlanta, GA.

D5. Featured Media Expert/Invited Press Interviews (Selected)

Invited Press Interviews – TV

CBS 46 and 11 Alive – Invited to participate in an interview and feature segment about my course, LMC 3306 Engaging the Lyrics of Outkast and Trap Music to Explore Politics of Social Justice.

Invited Press Interviews – Radio

NPR affiliate stations – Invited to participate in an interview and feature segment about my course, LMC 3306 Engaging the Lyrics of Outkast and Trap Music to Explore Politics of Social Justice.

Invited Press Interviews – Online

“Georgia Tech course on Outkast and trap music aims to create social justice leaders.” Written by Fina Pirazi. February 3, 2017.

“Georgia Tech is offering a course on Outkast, trap music, and social justice. Written by Jordan Darville. January 26, 2017.

“Georgia Tech has a course dedicated to trap music.” Written by Eli Schwadron. January 24, 2017.

“Dr. Joyce’s innovative social justice course at Georgia Tech highlights Outkast. Written by Yvette Caslin. January 11, 2017.

“Experiential program draws state-wide throng.” The Herald-Progress. March 30, 2016.

“DuBois Fellow talks hip-hop.” The Harvard Crimson. Written by Amy Friedman. October, 27, 2011.

“Hotlanta: Is the dirty south really the land of milk and honey?” Written by Neela Banerjee.  June 7, 2010.

“Michael Jackson broke down racial barriers.” Written by Debra Alban. June 28, 2009.

Expert Commentary – Documentary

The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game. VH1-Rock Docs. Produced by Corner of the Cave Media. September, 2, 2014.

My mic sounds nice: A truth about women in hip-hop. The BET Networks. Produced by DVA Media and Marketing. August 30, 2010. 


Current Teaching Interests

Undergraduate: Hip Hop, Social Justice, and Digital Media; Popular Culture and Technologies of Education

Graduate: Ethnographic Research Methodologies; The Archive as Technology of Representation


A1. Georgia Institute of Technology

Spring 2017

LMC 3306 Race, Science, and Technology – Engaging the Lyrics of Outkast and Trap Music to Explore Politics of Social Justice

LMC 8910 Independent Study – “The Hip Hop Archive as Design Issue” Brenden Cecere, MS Student

A2. Virginia Tech

Spring 2017

EDCI 3014 Issues in American Schooling

EDCI 5104 Schooling in American Society

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

EDCI 5104 Schooling in American Society

EDCI 6534 Ethnographic Methods

EDCI 6034 Anthropology of Education

Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

EDCI 5104 Schooling in American Society

EDCI 6534 Ethnographic Methods

EDCI 6034 Anthropology of Education

Fall 2013 – Spring 2014

EDCI 5104 Schooling in American Society

EDCI 6534 Ethnographic Methods

EDCI 6034 Anthropology of Education

Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

EDCI 5104 Schooling and the Post Civil Rights Generation

EDCI 6534 Ethnographic Methods

EDCI 6034 Anthropology of Education

A3. Morehouse College

Spring 2008 – Spring 2011

HAAS 210      The Hip-Hop Aesthetic

HAAS 210      Deconstructing Obama: Leadership and the Hip-Hop Generation

A4. Georgia State

Fall 2007 – Spring 2008

AAS   2010 African American Popular Culture

AAS   4950  Introduction to African American Studies

EPRS 8500  Qualitative/Interpretive Research in Education

EPSF 8500  Anthropology of Education

A5. Lagrange College

Summer 2007 – Fall 2008

CORE 1101 Freshman Cornerstone (Introduction of Hip Hop Culture)

EDUC 1199 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

EDCU 6020 Educational Technology

EDUC 5021 Teaching Methods for Middle and Secondary Social Studies


B1. Virginia Tech


Doctoral Committee Member – Valdez Mosley, Integrative STEM

Doctoral Committee Member – Lauren Hatfield, Student Affairs, Higher Education



Faculty Mentoring Grant. (2013 – 2014). Office of the Provost. Virginia Tech. Funded. $1500

SEAD Grant. (2012 – 2015).  Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT). Virginia Tech. Funded. $25,000

Community Construction Grant (2005). Home Depot Foundation KaBOOM Grant. Funded. $10,000




Founding member and Program Chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) SIG-In-Formation (SIG #178) Hip Hop Theories, Praxis & Pedagogies.

Committee Member, American Educational Research Association 2015, Film Expo Selection Committee, Chicago, IL. Presidential Appointment for reviewing and selecting educational research films screened during the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting (October 2014 – Present).

Committee Member, American Educational Research Association 2015, Youth Tribunal and Youth Research Festival, Chicago, IL. Presidential Appointment for organizing and facilitating the youth research festival during the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting (October 2014 – Present).



Catalyst Fellow, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT)/Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). The Catalyst Program is an experiential program designed to promote trans-disciplinary collaboration, develop innovative practices, and foster entrepreneurial endeavors at Virginia Tech. The program is meant to complement the university’s existing external research efforts by increasing tech transfer of existing research and providing a path for collaborating with external partners on early-stage ideation and conceptual development. Aimed at fostering a more cohesive community, the program builds interdisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and professionals to work collaboratively on open-ended real-world projects with external partners and to improve the transfer of discoveries from the university into society.

Committee Member, University Library Dean’s Advisory Committee. The mission of the DAC is to engage in conversations aimed at advancing the libraries’ consulting, partnerships, services, and collections in the digital age. The university’s current library committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students, and advises university commissions on policy matters, while the DAC will be a leading edge group that works with the libraries’ leadership on shaping the VT Libraries for the future. In particular, the group will discuss how the libraries could collaborate with others to enhance teaching and learning, accelerate research, and improve community service. (February 2014 – Present).


Presentation, Digital Discussions in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities. (May, 2015)

Department and School

  • Elections Officer, Faculty of Learning Sciences and Technologjes. (Aug 2014 – Present)
  • Course/Program Development, LST – Foundations of Education. Working with LST on the doctoral degree proposal as it relates to the needs and courses in the foundations of education program (August 2013 – August 2014).
  • Course/Program Development, LST – Foundations of Education. Working with my program director to re-envision the Foundations of Education program in the Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies (August 2012 – Present).
  • Guest Lecturer for Math Ed graduate course, Math/ESL Topics in Diversity Course. Spoke to Dr. Bettye Kreye’s math ed graduate course in multicultural teaching and learning (October 2014).
  • Guest Lecturer for Integrative STEM graduate seminar, EDCI 5844 – STEM Education Seminar. Spoke to Dr. Jeremy Ernst’s graduate course (April 2013).


Professional associations and activities

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Chair, Founding Member of Special Interest Group – Hip Hop Theories, Praxis, & Pedagogies 2016-2018

Professional Memberships

American Anthropological Association (AAA)

American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2012-Present

American Studies Association (ASA), 2013-2014

Additional Information and References Available Upon Request