Dr. Donovan Livingston


Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Donovan Livingston is a Part-Time Lecturer in the Department of Education and Assistant Dean in the Office of University Collaborations at Wake Forest University. He is a former college adviser with the College Advising Corps, TRiO Programs (Upward Bound and Student Support Services), and lifelong advocate of historically underrepresented students in higher education. As a spoken word poet and Hip-Hop artist, Dr. Livingston’s research explores the intersections of Hip-Hop, higher education. More specifically, Dr. Livingston is interested in understanding how poetics – rooted in Black lyrical, oral traditions – might serve as a catalyst for student success and systemic change in colleges and universities. In addition to his research, Dr. Livingston collaborates with various arts, advocacy, and leadership initiatives on campus and within the community, including – but not limited to – the Program for Leadership & Character and the Paisley IB Magnet Sports Literacy Program alongside Dr. Alan Brown.

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2020
Ed.M., Harvard University, 2016
M.A., Columbia University, 2011
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009

Past Professional Experiences
College Adviser, College Advising Corps, Greensboro NC & Bronx, NY
Academic Adviser, Upward Bound, UNC-Chapel Hill
Assistant Director, Student Support Services, UNC-Greensboro
Program Manager, Pre-College Programs, Wake Forest University

EDU101: Issues and Trends in Education: Hip-Hop Pedagogy, Poetics, and Remixes for Higher Education

EDU 120: Personal Framework for Career Exploration

FYE 101: The First-Year Experience

Livingston, D. (2021). Beats, rhymes, and (college) life: A case for mixtape methodology. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 34.(Forthcoming).
Livingston, D. (2021). Rise of the Digital Underground: Curriculum design, instruction, and critical hip-hop implications for distance learning. In Michel, J.O. (2021). Higher Education amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Teaching and Supporting Learning through Turbulent Times. Rutgers University Press. (Forthcoming).
Livingston, D. & Rowsey, J. (2021). BLACK TO THE FUTURE: Hip-Hop, applied learning, and a song of liberation. In Stephens, J. T. (2021). IGNITE: A justice-forward approach to decolonizing higher education through space, place, and culture. (Forthcoming).
Livingston, D. (2020). Molasses. (Album)
McGowan, B. & Livingston, D. (2017). Overcoming Educational Racism in the Community College: Creating Pathways to Success for Minority and Impoverished Student Populations (review). Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 06, 2017 http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22018
Livingston, D. (2017). Lift Off: From the Classroom to the Stars. New York, NY: Spiegel & Grau.

Livingston, D. (2019, November). Take me to the water to be RAPtized: Decyphering hip-hop’s spiritual flow – American Educational Studies Association Annual Conference (AESA) (Baltimore, MD)
Livingston, D. (2019, October). Reading between the lines: Toward a literacy of disruption – North Carolina English Teachers Association (NCETA) (Charlotte, NC)
Livingston, D. (2019, September). Leaving our cocoons: To pimp a butterfly as a lens for civic engagement – Creative Catalyst Conference/University of North Carolina School of the Arts & The Kenan Institute (Winston-Salem, NC)          
Livingston, D. (2019, April). Remixing Volunteerism: YPAR, hip-hop, and radical (re)imaginings for college-access programs (presentation & panelist) – Hip-Hop and Higher Education Symposium, William Peace University (Raleigh, NC)
Livingston, D. (2019, April). I’m the first, but not the last: First-Generation College Student Summit – University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
Livingston, D. (2019, January). MLK: A Radical (Re)Imagining (keynote) – 28th Annual MLK Commemorative Celebration – Florida International University (Miami, FL)