Dr. Lakeyta M. Bonnette-Bailey, an associate professor of political science, has garnered a prestigious Du Bois Fellowship from the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University, a fellowship aimed at supporting scholars researching a wide variety of fields related to African and African American Studies.
Dr. Bonnette-Bailey has researched numerous topics in her field of study, including the political effects of rap music, Black ideology and political rap music, political attitudes, racial attitudes and Black women. Her latest book, Pulse of the People: Rap Music and Black Political Attitudes, was published in 2015 (University of Pennsylvania Press).
Within the Du Bois Fellowship program, her specific fellowship, the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship, is aimed at providing scholars and artists with an opportunity to build upon exceptional scholarship and creative ability in the arts in connection with Hip-Hop – more than a genre of music, but also a greater movement in art, culture and politics that influences political thought.
Dr. Bonnette-Bailey will be able to take advantage of Harvard’s Hiphop Archive & Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research to further delve into her research field and have access to other university research and library resources to enhance her work.
Materials at the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute include a wealth of sources, including recordings, videos, films, original papers, interviews, publications and more.
The fellowship also includes a weekly colloquium, chaired by Institute Director Henry Louis Gates, Jr., giving Dr. Bonnette-Bailey the opportunity to share work with other fellows, institute colleagues, Harvard faculty, graduate students and others.
At Georgia State, Dr. Bonnette-Bailey teaches classes on American government, Black women and politics, Black political behavior, Black politics, Hip-Hop and politics and popular culture and politics. She earned her Ph.D. and Master of Arts degrees from the Ohio State University. A native of Columbia, S.C., she earned her bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
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