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Kelly J. Baker

Columnist at Chronicle Vitae

About Me

I'm freelance writer and a columnist for Chronicle Vitae. I write regularly about my post-academic life, gender, contingent labor, and religious studies. I blog at my site, Cold Takes.

Additionally, I'm the author of Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK's Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 (University Press of Kansas, 2011) and The Zombies Are Coming! (Bondfire Books, 2013).

I live in Tallahassee, Florida, with my husband, two kids, two dogs, and a mean kitty.

My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…

Current work

I'm writing a collection of essays on apocalypses and other bad endings tentatively titled, The End Of Us, and a memoir about my hometown, history, and the horrors that we can't quite forget.




  • Graduate Research and Creativity Award

    2008 Florida State University

  • Mary Jo Small Fellow

    2012 Society for Values in Higher Education

  • Outstanding Academic Title: Gospel According to the Klan

    2012 Choice

  • Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award

    2013 University of Tennessee