Kelly J. Baker, Ph.D.

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Kelly K. Baker is the editor of Women in Higher Education, a feminist newsletter, in its 27th year, with the  continued goal “to enlighten, encourage, empower and enrage women on campus.” She is the managing editor of Disability Acts, a magazine for disability essays, screeds, and manifestos by disabled people for all people.

Kelly is also a freelance writer with a religious studies PhD who covers religion, higher education, gender, labor, motherhood, and popular culture. She prefers to be an essayist, but is also a trained historian and reporter. She has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Rumpus, Religion & Politics, Christian Century, Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Killing the Buddha, Sacred Matters, and Brain, Child. 

She is the author of the award-winning Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 (University Press of Kansas, 2011); The Zombies Are Coming!: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture (Bondfire Books, 2013); Grace Period: A Memoir in Pieces (killing the buddha and Raven Books, 2017); and Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia (Raven Books, 2018).

When I’m not writing assignments or wrangling two children, I’m working my way toward a collection of essays about endings and other apocalypses and book on zombie apocalypses, ethics, and violence in America.

My PhD (2008) is in American religious history from Florida State University‘s department of Religion. My scholarship encompasses a variety of  topics including religion and popular culture, religious and racial hatred, apocalypticism, religion and gender, and horror. I’ve taught courses on these topics at Florida State University, University of New Mexico and University of Tennessee.