Raquel Baker earned a PhD in English Literary Studies from the University of Iowa. She specializes in Postcolonial Studies and 20th- and 21st-century African literatures in English. She received a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University and a MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She is currently a William Randolph Hearst fellow in the English Department at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where she teaches creative writing and contemporary African literature. She will be teaching a course on contemporary African speculative and science fiction in Fall 2016, and in Spring 2017 The Contemporary African Novel and #decolonizeyourmind, a course featuring texts that inspired the recent student protests movements across Africa. She hopes to continue to teach but is also currently negotiating the building of a yurt in her parents’ backyard–just in case!
Raquel is a lifelong friend. I have known her since freshmen year in high school. This was a teenager who was volunteering her time at the Berkeley Free Clinic. What kind of teenager does that? Raquel! To say that I trust her is an understatement. She carries herself with the utmost integrity. She is a kind and compassionate old soul. I truly appreciate her help with the editing of the copy on my page. Thank you, Raquel!