Joycelyn Wilson

Joycelyn Wilson

The OUTKAST Imagination

Joycelyn Wilson, an ethnographer in the social and cultural foundations of education, is assistant professor in the Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Virginia Tech, and founding director of the Four Four Beat Project (www.fourfourbp.org), the first hip hop-based digital archive and pedagogies collaborative located at an institute of technology. Dr. Wilson is affiliate faculty in the Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, an Emmy-nominated documentary film producer, and 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. Her current interests meet at the intersection of Hip Hop culture, education, and technology – particularly as it relates to the development of STEM and social justice capacities of minority youth and youth influencers. As an educational anthropologist, Dr. Wilson also focuses on southern Hip Hop culture and ways in which the Hip Hop aesthetic intersect with ethnographic research methods.

Dr. Wilson received her BS in Mathematics and PhD in Educational Foundations from the University of Georgia. Her MA is from Pepperdine University. She stands on the shoulders of loving family, friends, teachers, and mentors.