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. & 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. (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.