Walton-Fisette earned a B.A. in Sociology from Southern Oregon University (1993), a M.A. (2000) and PhD (2002) in Cultural Studies from the University of Iowa. She joined the Kent State faculty in 2003, attaining tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2009 and promotion to Professor in 2017. Drawing on critical cultural studies, her scholarship focuses on investigations of power relationships and the ways those relationships are both resisted and maintained within mediated sport narratives as well as in school settings. In particular, she has examined media discourse of Title IX and sport, women's amateur wrestling, and elite distance running. She has also investigated the ways high school girls understand and experience their embodied and mediated identities. Walton's work has been accepted in the Sociology of Sport Journal, the Journal of Sport History, the Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, the Journal of Popular Culture and Sport, Education & Society.