Red Clay Scholar

"AIN'T NOTHING LIKE THAT G-A RED CLAY."

~ SMOKE, "GEORGIA"


Dr. Regina N. Bradley is a writer, scholar, and researcher of African American Life and Culture. She is an alumna Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016) and formerly an Assistant Professor of African American Literature at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA. This August, she will start her new position as Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA.


Dr. Bradley's expertise and research interests include 20th and 21sy Century African American Literature, hip hop culture, race and the contemporary U.S. South, and sound studies.


Her 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. She is also editing a collection of essay about OutKast for UGA Press.


Dr. Bradley's scholarship on popular culture and race is published or forthcoming in south: a scholarly journal,  ​Black Camera, MeridiansComedy StudiesADA, Journal of Ethnic American Literature, Palimpsest, and Current Musicology. Additionally, her commentary 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. 


She is the founder and host of Outkasted Conversations​, a critically acclaimed dialogue series dedicated to thinking about the cultural and academic implications of the hip hop group OutKast. The project has been featured on EbonyThe New York TimesMusiqologyFor Harriet,  Huffington Post, and The Feminist Wire. 


As a complement to her scholarly work, Dr. Bradley is a critically acclaimed fiction writer. She is a 2017 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop fellow and a Pushcart Prize nominee for her short story "Beautiful Ones." Dr. Bradley's first short story collection, Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South, was published in April 2017. Her fiction is also featured in BOAAT, Transition, Obsidian, and Oxford American.