Mary Baggett, PhD

College of Arts and Humanities
English, Communication, Great Texts, and Modern Languages
  • Professor of English and Cultural Apologetics
  • Chair, Department of Apologetics, School of Christian Thought
  • Online Coordinator, College of Arts and Humanities


  • PhD, Literature and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, English, Longwood University
  • MA, Theological Studies, Liberty University
  • BS, in English, Liberty University

Courses Taught

  • Composition and Literature I
  • Composition and Literature II
  • Great Works of Literature I
  • Great Works of Literature II
  • Apologetics, Research and Writing
  • Literary Criticism
  • Short Fiction
  • Science Fiction
  • Detective Fiction
  • Utopian Fiction
  • Modern Poetry

Teaching Focus

Dr. Baggett’s primary teaching focus is American Literature, contemporary literature, genre fiction, and literary criticism.  She also teaches Research and Writing for HCU’s Apologetics program.


Dr. Baggettt has co-authored three books—At the Bend of the River Grand, The Morals of the Story,  and Telling Tales —and a handful of articles on a variety of topics including educational practice, utopian literature, popular culture, and American literary figures such as Nella Larsen, Marilynne Robinson, and Philip K. Dick.  Dr. Baggett’s Morals of the Story was recognized for an Award of Merit in 2019’s Christianity Today’s Book Awards in the Apologetics/Evangelism category.

Additional Information

While at HCU, Dr. Baggett has served as the Online Coordinator for the School of Humanities.

At her previous institution, she was recognized as Zeta Tau Teacher of the Year for 2017 and 2008.

Dr. Baggett blogs regularly for Christian Scholar’s Review, and she is a Bluestocking in Residence for the Society for Women of Letters.