Regina N. Bradley


Dr. Regina N. Bradley is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016) and an Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Her expertise and research interests include post-Civil Rights African American literature, hip hop culture, race and the contemporary U.S. South, and sound studies. Dr. Bradley earned a B.A. in English from Albany State University (GA), an M.A. in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University Bloomington, and a Ph.D. in African American Literature from Florida State University.

Dr. Bradley's current book-length project, Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South (under contract, UNC Press), explores how Atlanta, GA hip hop duo OutKast influences conversations about the Black American South after the Civil Rights Movement. Chronicling Stankonia stems from her critically acclaimed series OutKasted Conversations, a YouTube dialogue series about the impact of OutKast on popular culture. Dr. Bradley is also the editor of a forthcoming collection of essays about OutKast for the University of Georgia Press and the founder of the OutKasted Conversations Project, a digital site committed to the documentation and archiving of southern hip hop scholarship.

Dr. Bradley's public scholarship is featured on a range of news media outlets including Washington Post, NPR, NewsOne, SoundingOut!, and Creative Loafing Atlanta. In May 2017, Dr. Bradley delivered a TEDx talk, "The Mountaintop Ain't Flat," about the significance of hip hop in bridging the American Black South to the present and future.


In May 2019, Dr. Bradley, along with music and culture journalist Christina Lee, started hosting the southern hip hop podcast Bottom of the Map for WABE (NPR Atlanta) and PRX. Bottom of the Map boasts being featured as “New and Noteworthy” on Apple Podcast and “What’s Trending?” on Spotify.