Regina Smalls Baker, MSW, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Sociology


218 McNeil Building


Ph.D. Sociology, Duke University 2015
M.A. Sociology, Duke University, 2012
M.S.W. Social Work, University of Georgia, 2009
B.A. Sociology, Program in Leadership & Community Service, Mercer University, 2007

Research Interests

My research is fundamentally concerned with how individual, structural, and institutional factors create, maintain, and reproduce poverty and inequality. Motivating my research agenda is the question: how do micro- and macro- contexts shape socio-economic conditions and disparities across individuals, time, and place? Accordingly, my current research focuses on three areas: 1) poverty and poverty risks, particularly among mothers and children; 2) the roles of political and historical institutions in understanding inequalities across place (e.g. poverty in the South); and 3) racial socioeconomic disparities. While my current work primarily involves the use of quantitative techniques to analyze large-scale and often multi-level data sets, I also have training in qualitative methods.

My article "Why is the American South Poorer?" was recently published in Social Forces. I have also published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, American Sociological ReviewAmerican Behavioral Scientist, and Advances in Gender Studies.


Population Studies Center
Center of Africana Studies

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