Bailey (she/her) is a biracial Black, Creole woman who was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and lived there until she moved to Jackson, Mississippi to attend Millsaps College.
After college, Bailey moved to Boulder, Colorado to pursue a Master’s degree in Museum Anthropology and spent a summer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History studying museum collection histories and artifact narratives through the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA).
Shortly after, Bailey realized she was more interested in studying cultural understandings of race and ethnicity and since then has worked as a race educator and DEI strategist, alongside her doctoral coursework, research, and writing her dissertation.
Photo description: Bailey posing in front of a multicolored mural wearing a white and black floral print shirt.
Bailey completed her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2022. In her dissertation titled, “Fluid: Louisiana Creole Identity and Racial Mixture in the United States,” Bailey explores mixed race identity among Louisiana Black Creoles through an intersectional lens to illustrate the ways in which national and local events impact the self-identification of mixed race folks in the United States. Though Bailey's dissertation research is complete, she currently works as an Editorial Volunteer with LA Creole, the Louisiana Creole Heritage Group, as a way to use her academic skills and training to give back to her home community.
When not working, Bailey enjoys exploring her current city, Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband, Aaron, and taking her dogs, Cash, Nugget, and Beignet, for long walks on local trails. Bailey is an avid reader, amateur bird watcher (and is currently working on a children's book based on the happenings of her backyard), and a huge fan of the New Orleans Saints.