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Jack R. Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Sayre-Decan Hall
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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). His poem, “Our Cedar Fence near Freesoil, MI” was published in the Michigan journal Dunes Review. Baker is an advocate for localism and has written about such for Inside Higher Ed. He was recently interviewed along with Jeff Bilbro for the Chronicle of Higher Education.