Mandi Bates Bailey Portrait

Mandi Bates Bailey


  • PhD
    University of Kentucky

Dr. Bailey’s research focuses on American Political Behavior. She studies attitudes toward women and minority groups, specifically African Americans and the LGBT community. Her research focuses on aspects of the media’s role in attitude formation/change through the exploration of varied media from social media to music. Her book, The Downhome Sound: Diversity and Politics in Americana Music, explores the relationship between Americana music and political attitudes through experimental design, content analysis, and interviews with several prominent Americana artists.

Dr. Bailey is also faculty in Africana Studies and Women & Gender Studies. She teaches a variety of courses including Political Psychology, Minority Politics, Music and Politics, African American Politics, Women and Politics, Congress, and Scope & Methods in Political Science. She enjoys mentoring student research and serves as the Pi Sigma Alpha faculty advisor.  


  • Political Psychology
  • Political Communication
  • American Politics
  • Research Methods


Bailey, Mandi Bates. The Downhome Sound: Diversity & Politics in Americana Music. (Forthcoming 2022 w/ Louisiana State University Press).

Petty, Griffin, Dustin Magilligan, and Mandi Bates Bailey. 2022. “You Voted for Who? Explaining Support for Trump among Women and Minorities.” New Political Science. 44 (2): 195-209.

Bailey, Mandi Bates, Kiana Johnson, and Steven P. Nawara. 2022. “Assessing the Impact of Racially-Coded Language on College Students.” The Social Science Journal. DOI: 10.1080/03623319.2022.2033544

Nawara, Steven P. and Mandi Bates Bailey. 2021. “Scandal-Ridden Campaigns: The Relationship between Cognitive Load and Candidate Evaluation.” The Social Science Journal. DOI: 10.1080/03623319.2021.1884780

Bailey, Mandi Bates and Steven P. Nawara. 2020. “Racial Animosity, Homophobia, and Nativism in Predicting Trump’s Support among College Students in the 2016 Primaries.” National Political Science Review. 20 (3): 95-115.

Bailey, Mandi Bates, and Steven P. Nawara. 2019. “Addressing Women and Minorities on Social Media by the 2016 Presidential Candidates.” Social Science Computer Review. 37 (4).

Bailey, Mandi Bates, Steven P. Nawara, and Taylor Thomas. 2018. “Social Media and Minority Interests: A Content Analysis of U.S. Senator Twitter Activity.” National Political Science Review.19 (2).

Nawara, Steven P. and Mandi Bates Bailey. 2017. “Negativity and Social Media Use by Presidential Candidates: A Content Analysis.” In Jody Baumgartner, and Terri Towner (Eds.) The Internet and the 2016 Presidential Campaign. Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington.

Bailey, Mandi Bates, and Steven P. Nawara. 2017. “Gay Candidates, Group Stereotypes, and the News Media: An Experimental Design.” In Susan Burgess, Marla Brettschneider, and Cricket Keating (Eds.) LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader. New York University.

Bailey, Mandi Bates, and Lee R. Williams. 2016. “Are College Students Really Liberal? An Exploration of Student Political Ideology and Attitudes toward Policies Impacting Minorities.” The Social Science Journal.53: 309-317