As #MeToo comes to college campuses, Baker’s work shows just how deeply sexism is embedded in academia.Eleven years ago, Kelly Baker—then a graduate student studying how the Ku Klux Klan used religion to appeal to Protestant America in the early 20th century—cold-pitched an eminent scholar about writing for his blog, Religion in American History. The professor said yes, inviting Baker into the then-nascent digital space, where she published her first pieces for a public audience. Now she’s one of the Internet’s most prolific commentators on higher education, religion (especially its intersections in America with race, class, gender, and violence), and sexism. Along with her Ph.D. in religious studies, she’s the editor of Women in Higher Education and the author of four books. Her latest, a collection of essays titled Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia, could hardly come at a more opportune time.
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