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Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey

Associate Professor    ,

Certificate, Psychoanalysis, Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute, Atlanta, GA, 2019 (expected)
Ph.D., Ohio State University 2009


Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. Dr. Bonnette-Bailey’s research interests include Hip Hop culture, political behavior, political attitudes, African-American politics, political psychology and public opinion.  Her current research examines the impact of political rap music on racial attitudes and the relationship between Hip-Hop culture and social justice- a co-edited volume (with Adolphus Belk Jr).   Dr. Bonnette-Bailey has written numerous articles including articles published in Ethnic Studies Review,  articles in New Political Science and Du Bois Review forthcoming (Spring 2019) and a book chapter in Contemporary Public Policy and Social Development in the Post-Civil Rights Era: Through the Prism of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream.  Additionally, Dr. Bonnette-Bailey published (2015) a book with the University of Pennsylvania Press entitled, Pulse of the People:  Rap Music and Black Political Attitudes.  In 2017 she hosted the first political Hip Hop conference at Georgia State University entitled, Behind the Music:  Hip Hop and Social Justice, which examined the ways in which social justice is addressed and expressed within Hip Hop culture. In 2018, she was a Nasir Jones/ W. E. B. Du Bois fellow with the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.  Later that year she did a three-city tour in Germany discussing the relevance and importance of rap music, activism and social justice.


Bonnette-Bailey and Nadia E. Brown. (Forthcoming, Spring 2019) “Do the Ladies Run This Mutha? The Relationship Between Political Rap and Black Feminist Attitudes.” New Political Science.

Bonnette-Bailey, Ray Block, Jr. and Harwood McClerking. (Forthcoming, Fall 2018). “Imagining a Better World: Rap Music Skepticism and the Civic Activism of Young African Americans.” Du Bois Review.

Orey, Byron D’Andra, Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey and Athena King. 2017. “From King to Obama: The Racial Norm for White Americans,” in Contemporary Public Policy and Social Development in the Post-Civil Rights Era: Through the Prism of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream (Edited by Michael L. Clemons, Donathan I. Brown, and William H.L. Dorsey), University Press of Mississippi.

Bonnette, Lakeyta M. 2015. Pulse of the People: Political Rap and Black Politics. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Bonnette, Lakeyta M. 2012. “Behind the Music: Black Political Attitudes and Political Rap Music.” Ethnic Studies Review, 35:1-2 157-173

Bonnette, Lakeyta, Sarah Gershon and Precious Hall. 2012. “Free Your Mind: Contemporary Racial Attitudes and Post Racial Theory” Ethnic Studies Review, 35:1-2 71-87.