About Joycelyn Wilson, PhD

Joycelyn Wilson is an integrative curriculum designer, essayist, music journalist, and assistant professor of hip hop studies and digital media in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech. She is an expert in African-American music and performance, Black maker culture, as well as African-American education and schooling in the American South. She also focuses on the culture, race, and technology of her home city Atlanta. Her scholarship has implications across STEAM, methodologies of humanistic inquiry, archival preservation, and curriculum design; and it has been published across academic and popular platforms including Teachers College Press, UGA Press, International Journal of Africana Studies, and Routledge. Her essays on culture, arts, and technology have been published by Billboard, The Root, InStyle, and Google Arts & Culture. Dr. Wilson is a co-producer of the Emmy-nominated docufilm “Walking With Guns, produced in collaboration with UN Ambassador and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young. Her current research leverages the connections between hip hop's techno-pedagogical affordances and relationships to design thinking in computational and creative media-making, which was recently highlighted in Amazon Future Engineer’s Your Voice Is Power". YVIP is a learning experience and coding competition that uses hip hop as a design remix to explore how computer science, music, and entrepreneurship can help students learn to code and advance racial equity. The project is a collaboration with EarSketch, Pharrell Williams's YELLOW, and Georgia Tech's Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC). She has contributed commentary to MSBNC, Netflix's Hip Hop Evolution, VH1's ATL Rise, and TV-One's UnSung. Beyond pop culture, Atlanta hip-hop and hip-hop’s intersection with politics and culture, Dr. Wilson can discuss the cultural histories of civil rights and social justice in the South, Black maker culture, media, and technology. She is the founder of the Four Four Beat Labs and HipHop2020 Innovation Archive, and available to broadly discuss topics related to digital archiving and preservation, VR, interactive narrative, and experimental digital art. Dr. Wilson received her BS in Mathematics and PhD in the Social Foundations of Education from the University of Georgia, and her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University. Outside of work, she enjoys time with family and friends, listening to music, traveling, and talking about fashion.