16 August, 2016

Meet LMC's Visiting Fellow: Dr. Joycelyn Wilson

I am thrilled to share that Dr. Joycelyn A. Wilson, assistant professor of educational foundations in the Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Virginia Tech's School of Education, and affiliate faculty in the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), will be one of the two inaugural holders of our School's the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC) Visiting Faculty Fellowship Program. Dr. Wilson will bring much welcome expertise to our faculty in digital humanities; in return, she will be able to collaborate with some of our unit's top scholars working at the crossroads of the humanities, social science, and digital technology. Dr. Wilson is the founding director of the Four Four Beat Project, currently the first and only hip hop-based digital archive and pedagogies collaborative located at an institute of technology and school of education. Her research meets at the nexus of education, culture, technology, and qualitative methodologies. Her current interests are two-fold, focusing on the integration of Hip Hop Based Education (HipHopEd) with ethnography, as well as K-12 and post-secondary curriculum and instruction - particularly as it relates to the development of STEM, leadership, and social justice capacities of youth and youth influencers. She is currently under contract with Peter Lang for her first book. 
Dr. Wilson is a Hiphop Archive alumnus fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, part of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She writes for 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. 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. 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 Michael Render. For full information, please see HERE.