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As a higher education researcher, my scholarship addresses three major research strands: 1) equity and justice for Black students in higher education, 2) first-generation college student experiences through a critical race and asset-based lens, and 3) the use of culturally-relevant qualitative research methods in higher education inquiry. I center my research within a critical paradigm using critical theories which address oppression at the individual, institutional, and systemic levels. I consistently use a critical race and intersectional lens to better understand the experiences of Black people and first-generation college students in higher education.

Dissertation: "The ancestors are watching; make them proud": Narratives exploring Black first-generation doctoral recipients' use of cultural capital at non-Black serving institutions

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Wallace, J. K. (2022). Nevertheless, we persist: Exploring the cultural capital of Black first-generation doctoral recipients at non-Black serving institutions. The Review of Higher Education, 45(4), 515-548.

Wallace, J. K. & Ford, J. R. (2021). "They don't value my knowledge": Interrogating the racialized experiences of Black first-generation doctoral students in HESA programs at HWIs. Journal of First-Generation Student Success, 1(2), 127-144.

Wallace, J. K. (2021). I wish I knew that I could be a professor. Cap & Co. Education Platform.

Burr, K. H., Wallace, J. K., & Dean, L. A. (2021). Looking from the outside in: Lessons from an external assessment project. Journal of Student Affairs Inquiry. Advance online publication.

Coleman, R., Wallace, J. K., & Means, D. (2020). Questioning a single narrative: Multiple identities shaping Black queer and transgender student retention. The Journal of College Student Retention: Theory, Research, and Practice – Special Issue, 21(4), 455-475.

Evans, M. E. & Wallace, J. K. (2019). No longer cast aside: A critical approach to serving queer and trans students of Color in higher education. In D. Mitchell Jr., J. Marie, & T. Steele (Eds.), Intersectionality & higher education: Theory, research, and praxis (2nd ed., pp. 181-189). Peter Lang Publishing.



Wallace, J. K., Quarles, D. A., Lawrence, P. J. (2021, November). A power-conscious analysis of impostorism in

higher education. Paper presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Wallace, J. K. (2020, November). Straight outta college: An anthology of 10 Black first-gen docs.

Performance presentation for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference, Virtual Conference.

Ekpe, L., Jones, S. & Wallace, J. K. (2020, October). Elevating Black Student Voices. Panelist for Texas Christian University College of Education Facebook Live.  

Wallace, J. K. (2019, November). “#MelaninMagic: Amplifying the voices of Black first-generation college students pursuing doctorates at historically white institutions”. Paper presented at the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Annual Conference, Portland, OR. 

Burr, K., & Wallace, J. K. (2019, May). “What happens when no one is looking: Measuring integrity through a multi-pronged qualitative approach”. Report presented at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Champaign-Urbana, IL. 

Wallace, J. K. (2019, March). “Rethinking theory: A critical interpretation of racial-ethnic identity development”. Poster presented at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Annual Conference, Boston, M.A.

Amer, A., Bennett-Alexander, D., Sue, D. W., Wallace, J. K. (2017, March). “Courageous conversations: Next steps in everyday life, research, and practice”. Keynote panel presented at the 12th annual University of Georgia College of Education Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference, Athens, GA.

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