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Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey

Associate Professor    Pre-PhD Faculty Associate, Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni (CASA)    , ,

Certificate of Psychoanalytic Theory, 2018
Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute, Atlanta, Georgia

Doctor of Philosophy, 2009 Political Science
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Field: American Politics
Subfield: Racial Politics and Political Psychology
Committee: William E Nelson Jr., Harwood McClerking, Thomas Nelson, and Wendy Smooth

Master of Arts, 2006 Political Science
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Bachelor of Arts, 2004 Political Science and History
Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina


Research Interests

Popular Culture; Hip-Hop and Politics; Black Politics; Race and Racism; Hip-Hop Culture; Public Opinion and Political Behavior Media
Ted X Talk- The Politics of Rap
How Rap Music Shapes Political Attitudes (Podcast)
Political Rap Music and Black Politics

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.


Google Scholar


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

For the Culture: Hip-Hop and the Fight for Social Justice (with Adolphus G. Belk, Jr;) (Forthcoming, University of Michigan Press).

Scholarship- Articles

Bonnette-Bailey and Nadia E. Brown. “Do the Ladies Run This Mutha? The Relationship Between Political Rap and Black Feminist Attitudes.” (2019). New Political Science. DOI: 10.1080/07393148.2018.1558034 (

Bonnette-Bailey, Ray Block, Jr. and Harwood McClerking. (2019). “Imagining a Better World: Rap Music Skepticism and the Civic Activism of Young African Americans.” Du Bois Review. 15:2 353-285. Published online April 2019 (

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.

Scholarship- Book Chapters

“Hood Politics: Hip-Hop and Its Political Voice” (with Lestina M. Dongo). (Oxford Handbook of Protest Music, (Forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

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. Pp. (129-151).

Projects and Manuscripts in Progress

What’s on Your Radio? Rap Music and Racial Attitudes. (Book Manuscript, In Progress).

“Music, Racial Trauma and Psychoanalysis.” (Book Chapter)