Prior to coming to the School of Criminal Justice in 1990, Frankie Bailey was acting assistant vice-president for academic affairs and associate professor of criminal justice at Kentucky State University in Frankfort.
Her academic pursuits focus on crime history, gender and crime, minorities and crime, and crime fiction. She is interested in black characters in crime and detective fiction and the images of victims and offenders in popular culture. She is the author of Out of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction (Greenwood Press, 1991), which was nominated for the Mystery Writers of America 1992 Edgar Award for Criticism and Biography. She has edited, with Donna C. Hale, Popular Culture, Crime, and Justice (Wadsworth Publishing 1998). Her book (with Alice P. Green) is "Law Never Here": A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice (Praeger, 1999). Frankie Y. Bailey is also the author of "Death's Favorite Child" (Silver Dagger, 2000) the first novel in a mystery series featuring crime historian, Lizzie Stuart.