Faculty Member

Dr. Wilson Okello

Assistant Professor

Department of Educational Leadership

EB Room 373



EDL 551: Student Development Theory
EDL 558: Social Justice Topics in Higher Education
EDL 596: Culminating Project I
EDL 605: Social Foundations of Education


Ph.D., Educational Leadership: Student Affairs in Higher Education, Miami University, 2018
M.S., Human Development and Family Studies: College Student Personnel, University of Rhode Island, 2012
B.S., Integrated Social Studies Education (7-12), Youngstown State University, 2010

Research interests

Black feminisms in Education; Critical Perspectives on Student Development Theory; Anti-Blackness in Education Contexts; Anti-deficit Curriculum and Pedagogy

Selected publications

Books and Monographs

Okello, W.K., & Stewart, T.J. (Eds.).(forthcoming, Summer 2021). “In the Along”: Curricular and pedagogical imperatives for Black mattering. [Special issue] Journal of Effective Teaching in Higher Education.

Shalka, T., & Okello, W.K. (Eds.). (forthcoming, Winter 2021). Trauma-informed Practice in Student Affairs: Multidimensional Considerations for Care, Healing, and Wellbeing. New Directions for Student Services. Wiley Press.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Okello, W.K. (2020). “Loving flesh”: Self-love, student development theory, and the coloniality of being. Journal of College Student Development, 61(6), 717-732.

Okello, W.K., *Nelson, R., *Turnquest, T., & Thompson, C. (2020). This is the reality we live in: Racial realism as a curricular intervention in higher education curricula. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Retrievable at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15505170.2020.1832003

Okello, W.K. (2020). “Who’s got bars?”: Remixing intergroup dialogue pedagogy through hip-hop feminism. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 6(2), 60-93.

Okello, W.K., & *Turnquest, T.A. (2020). “Standing in the Kitchen”: Race, gender, history and the promise of performativity. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Retrievable at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09518398.2020.1828653

Quaye, S.J., Karikari, S., Carter, K.D., Okello, W.K., Allen, C., (2020).“Why can’t I just chill?”: The visceral nature of RBF. Journal of College Student Development, 61(5), 609-623.

Okello, W.K., Quaye, S.J., Allen, C., Carter, K.D., & Karikari, S. (2020). “We wear the mask”: Self-definition as an approach to healing from racial battle fatigue. Journal of College Student Development, 61(4), 422-438.

Okello, W.K. (2020). Organized anxiety: Respectability politics, John Henryism, and the paradox of Black achievement. Race, Ethnicity and Education. Retrievable at: https://doi.org/10.1080/13613324.2020.1798916

Quaye, S.J., Karikari, S., Allen, C., Okello, W.K., White, K. (2019). Strategies for practicing self-care from racial battle fatigue. Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 5(2), 1-38.

Okello, W.K. (2019). Toward a Black men's feminism. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 33(3), 343-356.

Linder, C., Quaye, S. J., Stewart, T. J., Okello, W. K., & Roberts, R. E. (2019). “The whole weight of the world on my shoulders”: Power, identity and student activism. Journal of College Student Development.

Quaye, S.J., Linder, C., Lange, A., Okello, W., & Lacy, M . (2019). “A Student Should Have the Privilege of Just Being a Student": Student Activism as Labor. Review of Higher Education.

Okello, W.K. (2018). From self-authorship to self-definition: Remapping theoretical assumptions through Black feminism. Journal of College Student Development, 59(5), 528-544.

Okello, W.K. (2018). “It’s not Magic”: The Black body as an aesthetic site and sight. Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies, 11(9), 68-72.

Okello, W. K., & Pérez II, D. (2018). “Don’t believe the hype.” Complicating the thriving quotient for Latino uundergraduate men at selective institutions. About Campus, 22(6), 27-31.

Okello, W.K. & Quaye, S.J. (2018). Advancing creativity for pedagogy and practice. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Retrievable at: https://doi.org/10.1080/15505170.2018.1437577

Duran, A., & Okello, W.K (2018). An autoethnographic exploration of radical subjectivity as pedagogy. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy,15 (2), 158-174. https://doi.org/10.1080/15505170.2018.1465495

Ashlee, A. A., Ashlee, K.C., Okello, W.K., & Karikari, S. N. (2018).Critical Race Reflections on Self-Authorship and the Learning Partnerships Model. Journal of Student Affairs, 27(1), 63-74.

Okello, W.K., Quaye, S.J., *Satterwhite, E.M. (invited, forthcoming). Toward Black Survival and Solidarity. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.