|Houston A. Baker, Jr.'s specialty areas are Victorian literature, American literature, and black American literature. He received a B.A. from Howard University in 1965 and his M.A. in English and American literature from UCLA in 1966. After doing doctoral work in Edinburgh, Scotland, Baker earned his Ph.D in 1968 from UCLA. He has taught at Howard University and Yale University, among others. In 1974 he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, with which he has long been associated, to serve as director of Afro-American studies. He is a prolific writer and anthologist. Many of his books address issues of teaching in the academy, and he has often written of his classroom experiences and his efforts to change the profession of English.