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Final Girl: And Other Essays on Grief, Trauma, and Mental Illness

Final Girl: And Other Essays on Grief, Trauma, and Mental Illness, Blue Crow Books, 2020. From the award-winning author of Sexism Ed and Grace Period comes a “haunting, mesmerizing” memoir-in-essays about survival, hope, and the strength we find within ourselves to survive a world that tries to break us. When Kelly J. Baker was two years old, her mother […]

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Succeeding Outside of the Academy

Succeeding Outside the Academy: Career Paths beyond the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM, edited by Joseph Fruscione and Kelly J. Baker, University Press of Kansas, 2018. Not every PhD becomes a professor. Some never want to, but others discover—too late and ill-prepared to look elsewhere—that there’s precious little room in today’s ivory tower, and what’s […]

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Sexism Ed

Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia, Blue Crow Books, 2018. Why aren’t more women at the top of the ivory tower? The academy claims to be a meritocracy, in which the best and brightest graduate students gain employment as professors. Kelly J. Baker, a Ph.D. in Religion, assumed that merit mattered more […]

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Grace Period: A Memoir in Pieces

Grace Period: A Memoir in Pieces, Blue Crow Books, 2017. How do you build a life after failed dreams and missed opportunities? Kelly J. Baker finished her PhD in religion and imagined that she would end up in the tenure-track job for which she trained. She had done everything right: written a provocative and well-researched book, […]

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The Zombies Are Coming!

The Zombies Are Coming! The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture (Revised and Expanded Edition), Blue Crow Books, 2020. From Kelly J. Baker, author of the INDIE-award-winning Sexism Ed, comes an account of how the U.S. fascination with zombie apocalypses has shaped American culture—and our very humanity. Look anywhere in America these days, and […]

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Gospel According to the Klan

Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930. Culture America. University Press of Kansas, 2011. Gospel According to the Klan employs the Ku Klux Klan as a case study of the intersection of Protestantism, nationalism, whiteness, and gender in the early twentieth century. The Klan, rather than being a fringe movement in […]

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