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Skidmore College
English Department

Calvin BakerCalvin Baker


A.B. English, Amherst College, 1994 Magna cum laude, with highest honors in the major

Office: Palamountain 307
Phone: (518) 580-5165

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • fiction
  • nonfiction
  • The Black Atlantic

Courses Taught:

  • EN 281: Intro to Fiction Writing
  • EN 380:  Fiction Workshop
  • EN 381F: Adv. Projects in Writing Fiction



  • Revolution: One World Books, Penguin Random House, forthcoming
  • Grace: Gallery Books | Simon & Schuster, 2015
  • Dominion: Grove Press, 2006; reprint, 2007
  • Once Two Heroes: Viking, 2003; Penguin, 2004
  • Naming the New World: A Wyatt Book for St. Martin’s Press, 1997 (German, Norwegian, and Dutch translations in 1998)


  • A More Perfect Reunion: Race, Integration, and the Future of America: Nation Books | Hachette, (June) 2020
  • Gayle Jones in Retrospect, The Atlantic Monthly, 2020
  • Genius: a History of Africans in America: Amistad Press | HarperCollins, forthcoming
  • Calvin Baker on David Blight’s Frederick Douglass, Book Post, 2019
  • Derek Walcott: The Lives They Lived, New York Times Magazine, 2017
  • Profile of Hollywood Producer Charles King, New York Times Magazine, 2017
  • The Presidency of Obama, Harper’s Magazine, 2017
  • Colorblind: A Pocket Guide to Race in America, Matter Magazine, 2015
  • Toward a Desegregated Literature, Literary Hub, 2015
  • Notes for a Spanish Odyssey: A European Tale of Migration and Identity, Amazon Singles, 2014


Trapeze, mezzo-soprano, clarinet, viola and piano, M. Epstein. San Francisco Symphony, 1999