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Dr. Wilson Okello

Assistant Professor of Education (HIED) and Research Associate (Center for the Study of Higher Education)

Phone: 814-863-3766

405D Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Education Policy Studies


  • Higher Education Program


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Dr. Wilson Kwamogi Okello (he/him), assistant professor at the Pennsylvania State University, is an artist and interdisciplinary scholar who draws on Black critical theories to advance research on student/early adult development theory. He is also concerned with how Black critical theories might reconfigure understandings of racialized stress and trauma, qualitative inquiry, critical masculinities, and curriculum and pedagogy. 


He has published over 40 scholarly publications in venues such as the Journal of College Student Development, Race, Ethnicity and Education, and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Dr. Okello is co-editor of “Trauma-informed practice in student affairs: Multidimensional considerations for care, healing, and wellbeing,” a New Directions for Student Services volume (Wiley Press), and author of a forthcoming text with SUNY Press that explores the potential of centering Blackness in student development theory. Among other early career awards, he received the 2022 Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) Mildred Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship by the Association for the Study of Higher Education. He was named a 2022 Emerging Scholar by the American College Personnel Association.

Areas of Expertise


Equity and Diversity

Education Levels


Educational Studies

Critical & Feminist Theory
Cultural Studies

Higher Education

Higher Education Student Affairs

Individual Difference


Methodological Research

Discourse Analysis
Qualitative Research

Social Issues

Race and Ethnicity
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