About Bailey

Bailey J. Duhe

Bailey is a Black, mixed race 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 working for the Smithsonian Institution at the National Museum of Natural History. During that time, Bailey realized she was best suited to study race and since then has worked as a race educator and DEI strategist, alongside her doctoral coursework, research, and writing her dissertation. 

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. 

As an academic, Bailey has published in peer-reviewed journals and popular academic blogs. Her 2018 article titled “Decentering Whiteness and Refocusing on the Local: Reframing Debates on Confederate Monument Removal in New Orleans” was in the top 10% of downloaded articles from Museum Anthropology in 2018. Additionally, Bailey is currently working on a chapter for a new edited volume on museum collections-based anthropological research for Smithsonian Press.

As a scholar, Bailey has always been committed to making her research and information on race, ethnicity, and color accessible to as many folks as possible as part of her commitment to activist and anti-racist scholarship. In pursuit of making knowledge more widely available, she wrote and self-published a short booklet in 2019 titled, Dear White Anthropology Graduate Students: A "How To" Guide for Successfully Interacting with Students of Color in Graduate School. This text, part theory, and part satire, is designed to help White graduate students learn more about the experiences of their BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) colleagues and has been downloaded over 300 times. Bailey still gives book talks and does author Q&As with academic departments on this text.

This text is available for purchase as both an e-book and paper book on Amazon, and was featured on the popular Anthropology blog, Footnotes, in 2019.


Bailey is currently working on two additional booklets to complete this series and hopes to release both the guide for professors, with notes for advisors, and administrators, with notes for department chairs, in early 2023. 

When not working on her dissertation, doing DEI consultations, or writing books, Bailey enjoys exploring her current city, Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband, Aaron, and taking her dogs, Cash, Nugget, and Beignet, for long walks and hikes on local trails. Bailey is an avid reader, amateur baker and crafter, and huge fan of the New Orleans Saints.