Photo: Field trip to St. Elizabeth Parish with students from Church Teachers' College in Jamaica.
Dr. Wilson’s interests include urban communities, reentry, higher education, and their relationship to the prison industrial complex (PIC). Dr. Wilson is unequivocally and unapologetically, a prison abolitionist. This means that her work is concerned with ending the social function of prisons (Davis)–a system that implicates every modern institution in American society, and that thrives on the dehumanization of Black people.
Her work on prison abolition focuses on raising awareness of the PIC through education. A skilled facilitator, Dr. Wilson leads workshops on prison abolition, and she is one of the founding members of the Prison and Theory Working Group. In addition to her professional/academic work on prisons, Dr. Wilson has two sons in prison. A fact that forced her to reconsider and abandon her previous commitment to prison reform, and that shaped her current commitment to abolition.
Trained as a public policy analyst, Dr. Wilson combines the elements of sound scholarship and critical theory with the goal of social change, in order to make sense of national and international issues that impact people of color in general, and Black people in particular.
A graduate of Temple University’s Fox School of Business, Kim Wilson received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management, and a Master’s in Education with a focus on Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University’s College of Education. She earned a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.
Dr. Wilson has taught at Temple University for the last 15 years. She spent much of that time as an adjunct and then as a full-time instructor in the College of Liberal Arts teaching in the Intellectual Heritage Program. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Wilson also served as Associate Director of the Intellectual Heritage Program from 2009-2012.
Dr. Wilson’s dissertation, Beyond the Prison Walls: A Du Boisian Analysis of Ex-Offender Reentry in the Age of Mass Incarceration, pays particular attention to historically racialized public policy choices in order to understand the mechanisms through which the population of individuals labeled “ex-offenders” is targeted and managed. Her study also examines various dimensions of the reentry problem in order to develop a more robust picture of reentry in communities.
In addition to maintaining an independently active research agenda, Dr. Wilson teaches full-time in the College of Education at Temple University. She has been the recipient of several teaching awards, including the 2011 Temple University Honors Professor of the Year and the Violet B. Ketels Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008. A committed teacher, Dr. Wilson sees teaching as a liberatory practice meant to empower students to think critically and act justly.
Dr. Wilson’s work on race and gender led her to develop a course titled Race and Gender in Organizations. The course uses film as text in order to critically analyze workplace practices and to teach students to develop strategies for how they can work with organizations to prevent and address discriminatory structures. Drawing upon her years teaching in the liberal arts, Dr. Wilson uses various approaches in her teaching to address problematic representations of race, gender, class, disabilities (ableist discourses), body-negative and body-positive images, and LGBT issues in films to initiate discussions that are left virtually untouched within the context of organizations.
Dr. Wilson taught a graduate level course called Leadership and Management at Church Teachers College in Mandeville, Jamaica during the summer of 2013. Her other projects include, a student-led series of workshops that focus on the needs of students at Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, a public school located in Philadelphia, and an undergraduate partnership with the American Society for Training and Development where students present current and/or completed research projects to professionals in the field.
Dr. Wilson’s other projects includes developing learning materials for people in prison. While she has NO funding for this project, she continues plan and plot ways to get materials, books, course syllabi into the hands of people in prison. In addition to her activism, Dr. Wilson also owns and manages two businesses, Topaz and Opal (a creative business), and People First Global Training Partners, an anti-oppression training and consulting firm.