Joy Beatty

Ph.D. Student, School of Education
Expected Graduation Date: May 2025
Program Area: Curriculum, Culture, and Change

Joy BeattyEducation

  • Ph.D. in Education (Expected Graduation: May 2025), Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Post Master’s in Administration, Johns Hopkins University
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.A. in History, Virginia Commonwealth University

Line of Research

Problematizing dominate constructions and interpretations of history lies at the heart of my passion. I wish to produce and to operationalize curricula and a pedagogy of anti-racism. I want to examine the consequences of using public languages of whiteness in classrooms by employing interrogative methods that will require a radical shift in learning and teaching.

Selected Research and Scholarship

  • Oliveira, L.C., & Beatty, J. (in press, 2023). Antiracist linguistic practices in history curriculum. In P. Friedrich (Ed.), The anti-racism linguist: A book of readings.


Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Joy Beatty began her career as a high school history teacher with Richmond Public Schools. She eventually began teaching history with Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland and then English in South Korea. These experiences cultivated her interests in wanting to learn more about oppressive linguistics and its impact on how minoritized learners acquire language and knowledge through racialized techniques. Before becoming a full-time doctoral student in August 2022, Joy spent the last two years developing curriculum and content for a number of educational organizations.

What does the Holmes Scholars program mean to you?

I am very interested in being part of a community of people who want to positively impact the future. Being a Holmes Scholar will not only allow me to be part of this community, but it will also allow me to learn and think with like-minded scholars who have a demonstrated record of commitment and success.

Curriculum Vitae