Associate Professor and Director of the Study of Women and Gender
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Carrie Baker teaches courses on gender, law and public policy, including topical courses on sex trafficking, sexual harassment, reproductive justice and violence. She holds a B.A. in philosophy from Yale University and a J.D. and Ph.D. in women's studies from Emory University. She was editor in chief of the Emory Law Journal while in law school and later served as a law clerk to United States District Court Judge Marvin Shoob in Atlanta, Georgia. Before coming to Smith, she was on the faculty of Berry College in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, teaching sociology, women's studies and legal studies courses.
Baker's primary areas of research are women's legal history, gender and public policy, and women's social movements. Her work has been published in Feminist Studies, Women in Politics, The Journal of Women's History, NWSA Journal, Journal of Feminist Scholarship, Meridians, Journal of Law and Inequality, Emory Law Journal and the online journal Women and Social Movements in the United States. Her book The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008 and won the National Women's Studies Association 2008 Sara A. Whaley book prize. Her current research is on sex trafficking. Baker also writes for Ms. Magazine. She is currently the chair of the Law and Public Policy Interest Group of the National Women's Studies Association.