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Jack R. Baker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English,
Sayre-Decan Hall
517.750.6738
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Bio

Jack Baker was born and raised in Shelby, a small farming community in Western Michigan. He’s an author, professor, and amateur writing shed builder who has written on a Latin charm against thieves in an early Robin Hood MS, Malory’s Lancelot, and why universities need gardens. He’s co-written a book titled Wendell Berry and Higher Education: Cultivating Virtues of Place (University Press of Kentucky, 2017) and co-edited two essay collections—Telling the Stories Right: Wendell Berry’s Imagination of Port William (2018) and The Saint John’s Bible and Its Tradition (2018). Baker is an advocate for localism and his written about such for Inside Higher Ed. He was recently interviewed along with Jeff Bilbro for the Chronicle of Higher Education and Mars Hill Audio Journal.

Education

  • Ph.D.: (English Language and Literature) Purdue University, 2010
  • M.A.: (Medieval Studies) Western Michigan University, 2006
  • B.A.: (Philosophy and Worldview Studies) Cornerstone University, 2003

Publications

Books
Wendell Berry and Higher Education: Cultivating Virtues of Place (University Press of Kentucky, 2017), co-author
Journals
Telling the Stories Right: Wendell Berry’s Imagination of Port William (2018), co-editor The Saint John’s Bible and Its Tradition (2018), co-editor