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.

Bailey wearing a doctoral tam and graduation gown posing in front of a wood and marble building.

Description: Bailey wearing a doctoral tam and graduation gown posing in front of a wood and marble building.

Front cover of "Dear White Anthropology Graduate Students" of a view down a library hallway.

Description: Front cover of "Dear White Anthropology Grad Students" of a view down a library hallway.

As a scholar, Bailey has always been committed to making her research on race, ethnicity, and colorism 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, 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 500 times. Bailey frequently 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 in 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 2023. 

Bailey also teaches an original, upper-level Cultural Anthropology course for the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder titled, "Race and the Mixed Race Experience." In this course, students work through a carefully scaffold curriculum taking them from the history of race and theories of racialization across the world today to a discussion of the lived racial realities of mixed race/multiracial communities in the United States. Throughout the term, students are encouraged to not only learn the material and histories, but are also provided space to reflect on their own lived racial experiences, using the final essay as space to reflect and articulate their thoughts on current racial events and how they fit into those conversations.