Regina Bradley

Dr. Regina Bradley is an award-winning writer, a prominent scholar of contemporary Southern Black life and hip-hop culture, and an associate professor of English and African diaspora studies at Kennesaw State University. She co-hosts the critically acclaimed Southern hip-hop podcast Bottom of the Map with music journalist Christina Lee. In addition to Food & Wine, her work has appeared in The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, HuffPost, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others. 


Regina Bradley has spent over a decade researching, teaching, and writing about African American and contemporary Southern Black culture, particularly with respect to popular culture and hip-hop. Her book Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of the Hip Hop South, which explores the cultural impact of the Atlanta-based hip-hop duo OutKast and its relationship to the Civil Rights movement, was named one of the “Books All Georgians Should Read” in 2022. Bradley’s other scholarly endeavors include editing An OutKast Reader, a collection of essays about OutKast's influence on American culture. Her work has also been featured in Netflix’s hip-hop docuseries Hip-Hop Evolution. In addition to her teaching and research, Bradley is an accomplished writer of fiction. She was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize for her short story “Beautiful.”


Regina Bradley holds a bachelor of arts in English from Albany State University and a master of arts in African American and African diaspora studies from Indiana University Bloomington, as well as a Ph.D. in African American literature from Florida State University.

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