Joy Barnes-Johnson currently works in secondary education and consults for several racial literacy, STEM Education and training projects. Dr Joy describes her work as "EqSTrEAM educational responses" to the challenge of disenfranchisement in STEM classrooms. Her research explores equitable science teaching and learning as a root catalyst to sustainable action and agency. She publishes on topics that address teacher preparation, policy and curriculum design, efficacy beliefs and practices and community responsive pedagogy. In 2018, she co-edited a research volume entitled STEM-21: Equity in Teaching and Learning to Meet Global Challenges of Standards, Engagement and Transformation. She was recently honored by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) with the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Human & Civil Rights Award. In 2020, she looks forward to working on projects that will promote interdisciplinary engagement, self-determined learning and equity in unique and revolutionary ways.