Kelly J. Baker is the editor of Women in Higher Education (WIHE), a monthly feminist newsletter that evaluates the state of women in higher ed and reports on the sexism that women who are faculty, administrators and students continue to face. Before taking over as editor of WIHE this year, Kelly was a freelance writer who covered religion, higher education, racism, gender, contingent labor, and popular culture for the past three years. She has a PhD (2008) in American religious history from Florida State University and her academic scholarship included 14 articles, 39 conference presentations, and two books on religious and racial hatred, apocalypticism, religion and gender, religion and popular culture, and horror. She’s been researching and writing about white supremacy, white nationalism, racism, and religious intolerance for over 11 years.
Her award-winning book, Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 (University Press of Kansas, 2011), is the first to analyze the white religious nationalism of the 1920s Klan and the continued legacy of their particular form of white nationalism today. Her second book, The Zombies Are Coming!: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture (Bondfire, 2013), explores how the connections between fantasies of the zombie apocalypse, guns, masculinity, and violence and the hidden consequences of zombie media. Her bylines have appeared at The New York Times, The Atlantic, Washington Post, The Chronicle for Higher Education, and Religion & Politics.
Sub-specialties: women in higher education (including Title IX, contingent labor, campus sexual assault, sexism in academia, gender pay gap, and women in STEM), white supremacy and white supremacist/white nationalist movements, hate crimes, American religious history in the 20th and 21st centuries, apocalypticism in pop culture and religious culture
The New York Times [November 26, 2016]
The New White Nationalists?
Religion & Politics [October 20, 2016]
Make America White Again?
The Atlantic [March 12, 2016]
Staking Monsters: Killing the Racist Trope in Horror and Reality
Sacred Matters [October 28, 2016]
Contingency and Gender
Chronicle Vitae [April 24, 2015]
From the Ku Klux Klan to Zombies
Religious Studies Project Podcast [March 28, 2016]
Gospel According to the Klan
Sowing the Seed [March 28, 2016]
Intersections: Plate Interviews Kelly J. Baker
The Revealer [February 5, 2013]
Kelly J Baker: The Zombies Are Coming!
God Complex Radio [September 7, 2013]
Dr. Kelly Baker on Extremism in America: The Modern Ku Klux Klan
Trailblazers with Dr. Howard Gluss [August 19, 2011]