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Kelly J. Baker


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About Kelly

Award-winning author Kelly J. Baker is a freelance writer with a religious studies Ph.D. who covers religion, racism, higher education, gender, labor, motherhood, and popular culture. She’s written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Rumpus, Chronicle Vitae, Religion & Politics, Killing the Buddha, and The Washington Post among others.

Her first book, Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 (University Press of Kansas, 2011), won the American Library Association Choice Award in 2012. Her second book, Grace Period: A Memoir in Pieces (Blue Crow Books, 2017), details her life as a mother on the fringes of academia. Her third book, Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Academia (Blue Crow Books, 2017), won the Foreword INDIES Gold award for Women’s Studies. Her book The Zombies Are Coming: The Realities of the Zombie Apocalypse in American Culture (Revised and Expanded Edition, Blue Crow Books, 2020), the culmination of many years’ research on apocalypses and zombies, won the Florida Authors and Publisher’s Association (FAPA) book award for nonfiction/politics.

Kelly lives in Florida, the wildest state in the U.S., with her partner and two kids. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or looking out for alligators, she’s working her way toward a collection of essays about endings and other apocalypses.


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Kelly’s Awards and Recognition

  • Winner of Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) Award in Nonfiction/Politics for THE ZOMBIES ARE COMING (2021)
  • RELIGION DISPATCHES selected GRACE PERIOD as one of the 12 Best Books of the Decade (2019)
  • Winner of Gold INDIES Award for SEXISM ED (2019)
  • BOOKRIOT selected Baker’s SEXISM ED: 5 Books to Understand Higher Ed (2019)
  • INSIDE HIGHER EDUCATION selected SEXISM ED for its Recommended Reading List (2019)
Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) Award in Nonfiction/Politics.
Aug. 4, 2021
Best "New Religion Journalism" Books of the Decade
Dec. 19, 2019
Featuring Baker's SEXISM ED
Aug. 20, 2018

Kelly’s Other Books