Kelly J. Baker is a freelance writer with a religious studies PhD who covers higher education, gender, labor, motherhood, American religions, and popular culture. I’m also an essayist, a historian, and occasionally a reporter. She has regular columns at the Chronicle for Higher Education‘s Vitae project, Women in Higher Education, Killing the Buddha, and Sacred Matters. She’s also written for The Atlantic, Bearings, The Rumpus, The Manifest-Station, Religion Dispatches, Christian Century’s Then & Now, Washington Post, and Brain, Child.
Baker is the author of the award-winning book, Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930, and The Zombies Are Coming!: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture. When she’s not writing assignments or wrangling two children, she’s chipping away at a collections of essays about apocalypses and other endings as well as a memoir about her hometown and the histories that still haunt us.
Her PhD (2008) is in American religious history from Florida State University’s department of Religion. Her scholarship encompasses a variety of topics including religion and popular culture, religious and racial hatred, apocalypticism, religion and gender, and horror. She’s taught courses on these topics at Florida State University, the University of New Mexico and the University of Tennessee.