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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, forthcoming 2020. From the author of Sexism Ed and Grace Period. When the people who are supposed to nurture you hurt you the most, how do you reckon with the story of your own survival? Final Girl shows that you can grow stronger from circumstances that […]

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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, October 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 […]

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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, Blue Crow Books, forthcoming 2020 Zombie Runs. Zombie Guns. Zombie Preparation Classes. Look anywhere in America these days, and you’re sure to find the living dead. We have TV shows, comics, novels, and films all enthralled to the vision of a world post-zombie […]

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