Joy Williamson-Lott
Professor of the History of Education

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Civil rights
  • HBCUs
  • History of education
  • Minority students
  • State of education

Joy Williamson-Lott is a professor of the history of education and associate dean for graduate programs at the University of Washington College of Education. Her primary research agenda examines the reciprocal relationship between social movements — particularly those of the middle 20th century — and institutions of higher education. She is the author of “Radicalizing the Ebony Tower: Black Colleges and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi” and “Black Power on Campus: The University of Illinois, 1965-1975.” She has written about the Black Panther Party’s educational programs, the history of social justice in education, and the portrayal of the black freedom struggle in high school history textbooks. Williamson-Lott teaches courses on education as a moral endeavor, the shifting definition of “proper education” and “liberation” for different social groups, and the educational histories of people of color. She serves as co-editor of the journal History of Education Quarterly.