Marybeth Davis Baggett, Liberty University

Dr. Marybeth Davis Baggett is professor of English at Liberty University; she serves as a faculty member for the Master of Arts in English program at LU and has directed and served on several thesis committees exploring Harry Potter and other works of fantasy literature. On festival day, Dr. Baggett will co-present with her colleague and husband Dr. David Baggett in two sessions: "Train Up Your Wizards in the Way They Should Go" and "Magic, Skepticism, and the Philosophical Imagination."

She earned her Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and her studies there emphasized primarily science fiction and dystopian literature, especially their contemporary manifestations. Only after she finished her doctoral work was she introduced to Rowling’s wonderful wizarding world, thanks to her son who was an avid fan. She currently serves as associate editor for and Christ and Pop Culture and recently released The Morals of the Story: Good News about a Good God (IVP Academic, 2018), coauthored with her husband, David Baggett.