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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, Raven 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 than gender. […]

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Grace Period: A Memoir in Pieces

Grace Period: A Memoir in Pieces, killing the buddha books, 2017, and Raven 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 […]

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The Zombies Are Coming!

The Zombies Are Coming! The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture, Bondfire Books, 2013. 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 apocalypse. But […]

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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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