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Lakeyta Bonnette

Associate Professor    ,

Ph.D., Ohio State University 2009


A native of Columbia, SC, Dr. Lakeyta Bonnette, is a Political Science professor at Georgia State University. Her research interests include popular culture, political behavior, black women and politics, political attitudes, African-American politics, political psychology and public opinion.  Dr. Bonnette completed her undergraduate studies at Winthrop University where she attended the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute at Duke University and the Ralph Bunche Summer Humanities Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.  She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dr. Bonnette completed her doctoral degree in the Department of Political Science at The Ohio State University. While there she began initiatives such as the “Hip-Hop: Behind the Music Conference”, Coordinator of ‘Sisters for Success’, and served as the President of The black graduate and professional student caucus. Dr. Bonnette has completed numerous research and presented various papers in her field of study on topics including the political effects of rap music, black ideology and political rap music, the black church and black women and Black Nationalist views.  She has a forthcoming (2015) book with the University of Pennsylvania Press entitled “Pulse of the People:  Rap Music and Black Political Attitudes.” Dr.  Bonnette currently teaches classes on American government, Black women and politics, Black political behavior, Black politics, Hip-Hop and politics and popular culture and politics.


Pulse of the People:  Political Rap and Black Politics.  (Forthcoming 2015)  University of Pennsylvania Press.

“Behind the Music:  Black Political Attitudes and Political Rap Music.” (Forthcoming 2014).  Journal of Racial and Ethnic Studies Review

“From King to Obama: The Racial Norm for White Americans” with Byron D’Andra Orey and Athena King, 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. (Forthcoming 2015).

“Free your Mind:  Contemporary Racial Attitudes and Post-racial Theory” (with Sarah Gershon and Precious Hall).   (Forthcoming 2015).  Journal of Racial and Ethnic Studies Review