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

As a sociologist with training in both sociology and social work, Dr. Baker's research is fundamentally concerned with the role of micro- and macro- contexts in producing and maintaining poverty and socioeconomic inequalities across individuals, place, and time. Her current work focuses on poverty risks and mechanisms across families and across racial/ethnic groups, historical racism and contemporary inequality, labor unions and racial inequality, and socioeconomic origin and intergenerational mobility. Her work intersects the areas of stratification, the family, race, gender, political sociology, historical sociology, and social policy. Her research has been featured in outlets such as Social Forces, Social Problems, and the Journal of Marriage and Family.

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

Baker, Regina S. Forthcoming. The Historical Racial Regime and Racial Inequality in Poverty in the American South." American Journal of Sociology.

Baker, Regina S., David Brady, Zachary Parolin, and Deadric Williams. 2021. The Enduring Significance of Ethno-Racial Inequality in Poverty in the U.S., 1993-2017. Population Research and Policy Review,

Williams, Deadric T. and Regina S. Baker. 2021. "Family Structure, Risks, and Racial Stratification in Poverty."  Social Problems. 68 (4): 964–985.

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.

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