Bluestockings in Residence are scholars who hold an advanced degree in a humane discipline (literature, philosophy, history, theology) or have otherwise demonstrated excellence in their field of interest. Some hold faculty positions in higher education, some are classical educators, and some write and lecture on a freelance basis. Bluestockings in Residence contribute time and expertise to further the SWL mission.
Marybeth Baggett is professor of English and Cultural Apologetics at Houston Christian University. She teaches a range of literature courses as well as research and writing for the Apologetics program. She serves as department chair of Apologetics in the School of Christian Thought. Her most recent publication is Telling Tales: Intimations of the Sacred in Popular Culture (Moral Apologetics Press, 2021), coauthored with her husband David Baggett, professor of Philosophy at HCU.
Rebekah Valerius earned a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MA in Apologetics from Houston Christian University. Her academic interests include the works of G.K. Chesterton, philosophical and literary apologetics, and the philosophy of science. You can find her writing at The Christian Research Journal, An Unexpected Journal, Perennial Gen, and Worldview Bulletin. A favorite Bible passage for her is from the book of Job when God answers him out of the whirlwind: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth … when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” (Job 38: 4-7.)
She lives with her husband and two daughters in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. She teaches biology and chemistry at a university model, classical Christian school in the area.
Kelly Fitzsimmons Burton earned her Ph.D. in Humanities with an emphasis in Philosophy from Faulkner University. She has a certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary and has completed all coursework for a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Arizona State University. She has an M.A. in Philosophy and B.A.’s in Philosophy and English Literature, all from Arizona State University. Kelly has been a college Philosophy and Religious Studies professor at a secular college in Phoenix, AZ, since 2003. She teaches Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, World Religions, and Introduction to Christianity. In addition, Kelly is the founding faculty member of Logos College of Liberal Arts, a private online liberal arts college.
In addition to teaching, Kelly loves books and is the founder and CEO of Public Philosophy Press; a niche publishing company focused on bringing philosophy outside the academy’s walls. In addition, Kelly is the general editor of the Journal of Public Philosophy and has started a YouTube channel to encourage philosophy more broadly to promote public philosophy.
Kelly is the author of Retrieving Knowledge: A Socratic Response to Skepticism (2018) and Reason and Proper Function: A Reply to Alvin Plantinga (2019). In addition, she enjoys reading Plato and arguing with Nietzsche. Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband and cattle dog in the Arizona desert. You may find more about Kelly’s work on her website.
For over twenty years, Carrie Eben has championed classical education in both the private school classroom and homeschool arenas. She currently serves as founding Board Vice-Chair, Curriculum Chair, and Teacher Mentor at Sager Classical Academy in Siloam Springs, AR. Carrie passionately leads teachers and parents in the classical model of education. She develops and delivers customized workshops for administrators, teachers, and parents in both classical school and homeschool settings. Carrie holds a BSE in Intermediate Education (history and English emphasis) from John Brown University and a MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Oklahoma State University. She is currently a PhD student in the Humanities program at Faulkner University completing her third and final year in the CiRCE Institute Master Teacher Apprenticeship. Her research interests are in classical pedagogy, classical assessment, poetic knowledge and women of the classical tradition. Her website is www.classicaleben.com.
Rachel Greb has been involved in education for two decades as a homeschooling parent, teacher, and administrator, including helping launch and lead a JK-12 classical Christian school in Michigan. She credits Homer’s Odyssey for awakening her love of classic texts. Rachel holds a B.A. in Christian Studies from Hillsdale College, and an M.A. in Christian and Classical Studies from Knox Theological Seminary. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. with an emphasis on the history of philosophy of education and the Great Books through Harrison-Middleton University. Rachel is currently the Director of Secondary Partnerships with CLT, is married, and has 5 children and one grandbaby. She lives in the Detroit area with her husband, two of her children, two cats, and a Bernese Mountain Dog named for Thomas Hardy.
Heather Green (pen name Piper) is currently earning her Ph.D. in Bible Exposition and holds an M.Div. in Theology from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity. She also holds an MA in Philosophical Apologetics from Houston Christian University. Piper is a writer and teacher and has been ministering in that capacity for over twenty years, though teaching at the academic level is her current pursuit. While in seminary, she fell in love with theology and doctrine garnering research and academic interests for the Incarnation, the Hypostatic Union, the Attributes of God, and the Kenosis Theory, yet is a self-proclaimed Old Testament geek! Piper has taught classes on discipleship, doctrine, Old and New Testaments, as well as women in the Bible, a class she wrote and developed based on her self-published book, A Life That Sings: Finding Your Song In the Midst of Brokenness. Piper is a contributor and staff writer for several online publications including Christian Women Online Magazine and served as a contributor and Copy Editor for SHINE Magazine. She is the founder and President of Theologos Ministries where she dabbles in ink with expositional teachings on the Word of God. The Scripture that guides her studies is Luke 24:32, “Were our hearts not burning within us when He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” (NASB). Piper lives in Colorado Springs and has three grown children.
Christiana Hale graduated Summa Cum Laude from New Saint Andrews College with an MA in Theology and Letters in 2017. Her graduate research focused on one of her favorite authors, C. S. Lewis, and his love of medieval cosmology and medieval and renaissance literature, particularly as seen through Lewis’s Space Trilogy. She also holds a BA in Liberal Arts and Culture. Over the last two years, she has been completing her MFA in Creative Writing through New Saint Andrews College, continuing to develop as a writer. She has been teaching at Logos School, a classical Christian school in Moscow, Idaho, as a Secondary Latin and English Teacher for the last two years, though she has more than ten years of teaching experience on a wide range of topics. Her academic interests focus on the writings of C. S. Lewis and the literature of the medieval renaissance period through the early modern era. Her book Deeper Heaven: A Reader’s Guide to C. S. Lewis’s Ransom Trilogy, the culmination of years of research, was released in January 2021. She is currently working on the final draft of a middle-grade novel as well as research for another nonfiction project on Lewis’s book Till We Have Faces. Christiana grew up in North Idaho and has lived in Moscow, Idaho, for the last ten years. She lives in a cheery house with her two sisters and enjoys walking downtown, haunting the local coffee shop, hiking with friends, and eating Sunday dinners with the rest of her family.
Joelle (Jolie) Hodge holds a BA in history/political science from Messiah University in Grantham, Pennsylvania, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Eastern University’s Templeton Honors College. She began her career as a staffer to United States Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa) before finding her professional home in the world of classical education in 1999. She is one of the founding owners of Classical Academic Press (CAP), has coauthored two logic books, The Art of Argument: An Introduction to the Informal Fallacies and The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic, both published by CAP, and continues to support various editorial projects at the Press. Today, her primary focus is on supporting the growth and development of Classical Academic Press where she serves as the Vice President of Operations, Sales and Marketing. All told, she has more than twenty years of experience working to advance the renewal of the Liberal Arts Tradition. She continues this work by collaborating with other like-minded leaders across the country and around the world.
Annie Nardone is an author, educator, and bibliophile who holds an MA in Cultural Apologetics from Houston Christian University and is a two-year Fellow with the C.S. Lewis Institute. Annie is a founding board member and contributor for the apologetics quarterly, An Unexpected Journal. She is the managing editor and author for the columns Read and Marginalia, and contributor for Taste for Cultivating. Annie also collaborated on three books to be published in 2022 by Square Halo Books. Her Facebook sites Literary Life and Literary Life Book of the Month feature reviews on classical and recent books with a focus on the enduring beauty and truth found in literature and art. She also researched and authored an historical cookbook with authentic recipes from 64 A.D. – 1450 A.D. for Bright Ideas Press. Interests include medieval literature, poetry, collecting antiquarian books, and the writings of Lewis and Tolkien. Inspired by Exodus 31:1-5, she believes that, like Bezalel, we are gifted by God with “ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship” to create goodness, truth, and beauty. Her sincere belief is in the reintegration of the arts and humanities with the Christian imagination, guiding others by training their eyes and minds to see holiness in everyday life. Annie resides in St. Augustine, Florida with her family, which includes assorted cats. Her eldest daughter is married with a family of her own.