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Associate Professor

Areas of Interest:

Poverty and Inequality, Social Stratification, Family, Racism/Racial Inequality, Social Policy


Ph.D, Duke University, 2015

Related Links:

Personal Website

Baker, Regina S. Forthcoming.  “The Role of Structural Racism for Inequality in Family Poverty: Why Context Matters.”  In National Symposium on Family Issues Book Series: Family Socialization, Race, and Inequality in the United States.” Springer.

Easley, Janeria A. and Regina S. Baker. 2023. “Intergenerational Mobility & Racial Inequality: The Case for a More Holistic Approach” Sociology Compass, e13128. (Online First, August 2023)

Baker, Regina S. 2022. “The Historical Racial Regime and Racial Inequality in Poverty in the American South.” American Journal of Sociology 127(6):1721-1781.

Baker, Regina S. 2022. “Ethno-Racial Variation in Single Motherhood Prevalences and Penalties for Child Poverty in the United States.” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 702​.

Baker, Regina S. and Heather A. O’Connell. 2022. Structural Racism, Family Structure, and Black-White Inequality in Poverty: The Differential Impact of the Legacy of Slavery among Single Mother and Married Parent Households.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 84(5):1341-65.[Read-only version here] (Online First, May 2022)

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, 41(3): 1049-1083. [Read-only version here]

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

Baker, Regina S. 2020. “Why is the American South Poorer?” Social Forces, 99(1):126-154. (Online First, December 2019)

Baker, Regina S. and Linda Burton. 2018. “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Socio-economic (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(5): 1166-1178. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12216. *This work has been featured on the Child and Family Blog.*

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.

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.


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