Regina S. Baker, Ph.D., M.S.W.


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

Dr. Baker's research centers on the role of micro- and macro- context in understanding socioeconomic conditions and disparities, such as poverty and racial inequality, across individuals, time, and place. Her current work focuses on poverty and poverty risks among various groups (e.g. children, mothers, and racial/ethnic groups), historical racism and contemporary inequality, labor unions and racial inequality, and socioeconomic origin and intergenerational mobility. Her research has been featured in outlets such as Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, and the American Sociological Review.

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

Williams, Deadric T. and Regina S. Baker. Forthcoming. "Family Structure, Risks, and Racial Stratification in Poverty."  Social Problems.

Baker, Regina S. 2020. “Why is the American South Poorer?” Social Forces  99(1): 126–154.

Baker, Regina S. and Linda Burton. 2018. “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Socioeconomic (Im)mobility among Low-Income Mothers of Children with Disabilities.” In Marginalized Mothers, Mothering from the Margins, Advances in Gender Research, Volume 25, by Tiffany Taylor and Katrina Bloch (Eds.) Somerville, MA: Emerald.

Baker, Regina S. 2015. “The Changing Association among Marriage, Work, and Child Poverty in the United States 1974-2010.” Journal of Marriage and Family  77:1166-1178.

Brady, David, Regina S. Baker, and Ryan Finnigan. 2013. “When Unionization Disappears: State-Level Unionization and Working Poverty in the U.S.” American Sociological Review  78(5): 872-896.

Burton, Linda M., Daniel T. Lichter, Regina S. Baker, and John Eason. 2013. “Inequalities, Family Processes, and Health in a ‘New’ Rural America.” American Behavioral Scientist  57(8): 1127-1150.