Moira P. Baker

Professor of English

406 Young Hall


"I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me, ... shapes and ideas so near to me, natural to my way of being and thinking ." Georgia O'Keeffe (portrait of the artist)



When I began teaching at Radford in 1986, I found I had things in my head unlike anything anyone had taught me--ideas and concerns excluded from canonical learning while I was a student but now fully embraced by the discipline of English Studies. My scholarship and teaching since then have immersed me in the theoretical cross-currents and "newer" social history that have revolutionized the study of literature and culture. Reflecting recent developments in the discipline, my work now focuses on concerns that have always been an intimate part of my "way of being and thinking"--questions of gender, class, race, and sexuality. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the Renaissance, I teach graduate Introduction to Literary Scholarship, Women's Literature and Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Studies on the undergraduate and graduate levels, and Introduction to Women’s Studies. For eight years I served as a mentor in the English Department’s Graduate Teaching Fellows training program. A constant source of delight and renewal, this program provides a community of dedicated teachers, both seasoned pros and talented graduate students, who are committed to serious reflection upon teaching practices and the philosophical principles that ground our work.  When I began directing the Women’s Studies Program at Radford in 2002, I found an opportunity to extend my teaching and mentoring into an exciting field that allows me fully to weave the warp and woof of scholarship and activism, theory and practice, teaching and learning, the professional and the personal into the fabric of my work.

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 Women’s History Month Calendar 2010


Curriculum Vitae | Course Descriptions and Syllabi | Scholarly Interests

Image Credits: (1) Georgia O'Keeffe, Red Canna, c. 1923 (2) O'Keeffe, Black Iris III, c. 1926

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