Regina Smalls Baker, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor of Sociology


218 McNeil Building


Dr. Regina Baker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Research Associate at the Population Studies Center and a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Africana Studies. Her research is fundamentally concerned the question: how do micro- and macro- contexts shape create, maintain, and reproduce poverty and inequality across individuals, time, and place? Dr. Baker's 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 her current work primarily involves the use of quantitative techniques to analyze large-scale and often multi-level data sets, she also have training in qualitative methods. Her research has been published in Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, American Sociological Review, American Behavioral Scientist, and Advances in Gender Studies.


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

Courses Taught
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • The Rich and the Poor
  • Introduction to Sociological Research

Population Studies Center
Center of Africana Studies