Carrie N. Baker

Professor of the Study of Women & Gender


Carrie N. Baker teaches courses on gender, law, public policy, and feminist activism, including topical courses on reproductive justice, sexual harassment and sex trafficking. She is director of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and was a co-founder and former co-director of the Five College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice. Baker is affiliated with the American Studies Program, the archives concentration and the public policy minor.

Baker has a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Yale University, a juris doctor degree from Emory University School of Law, and master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from Emory's Institute of Women's Studies. 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 H. Shoob in Atlanta.

Baker’s primary areas of research are women’s legal history, gender and public policy, and feminist activism. Baker has published three books: Her first book, The Women’s Movement Against Sexual Harassment (Cambridge University Press, 2008), won the National Women’s Studies Association 2008 Sara A. Whaley book prize. This book examines how a diverse grassroots social movement created public policy on sexual harassment in the 1970s and 1980s. Baker’s second book, Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race, and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2018), tells the story of activism against youth involvement in the sex trade in the United States between 1970 and 2015. Baker has also published a law school textbook, Sexual Harassment Law: History, Cases, and Practice (Carolina Academic Press, 2020), with Jennifer Ann Drobac and Rigel C. Oliveri.

Baker’s research, including several articles on sex trafficking, has been published in Feminist Studies, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, Violence Against Women, Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, Women in Politics, The Journal of Women’s History, Feminist Formations, Journal of Human Trafficking, Journal of Feminist Scholarship, NWSA Journal, Journal of Law and Inequality, Emory Law Journal and Women and Social Movements in the United States.

Baker writes extensively for the public. She is a frequent writer for Ms. magazine and has a monthly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. She is co-chair of the Ms. Committee of Scholars, which encourages and trains scholars to write for the public, and she is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network and Women’s Media Center SheSource.

Baker also serves on the editorial board of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism and she has served on the governing council of the National Women’s Studies Association for two terms.

Selected Publications


Sexual Harassment Law: History, Cases, Practice, with Jennifer Ann Drobac and Rigel C. Oliveri. Carolina Academic Press, 2020.

Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race, and Politics. Cambridge University Press, 2018.

The Women’s Movement Against Sexual Harassment. Cambridge University Press, 2008.


“Amplifying the Voices of Feminist Scholars in the Press,” with Michele Berger, Aviva Dove-Viebahn, Karon Jolna, and Carmen Rios, Feminist Formations, Vol. 32, no. 2 (Summer 2020): 29-51.

“Abortion Regulation in the Age of COVID-19,” The Regulatory Review, September 21, 2020.

“Racialized Rescue Narratives in Public Discourses on Youth Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in the United States,” Politics and Gender (2018): 1-28.

“Teaching to Empower,” Feminist Formations 30(3), 4-15 (2018).

“Challenging Narratives of the Anti-Rape Movement’s Decline,” Violence Against Women, with Maria Bevacqua, at Online First (March 9, 2017).

“Obscuring Gender-Based Violence: Marriage Promotion and Teen Dating Violence Research,” with Nan Stein, Journal of Women, Politics and Policy 37:1 (2016): 87-109.

“An Examination of the Central Debates on Sex Trafficking in Research and Public Policy in the United States,” Journal on Human Trafficking 1:3 (August 2015): 191-208.

“An Intersectional Analysis of Sex Trafficking Films,” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism 12, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 208-226.

Moving Beyond ‘Slaves, Sinners, and Saviors’: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis of U.S. Sex Trafficking Discourse, Law and Policy,” Journal of Feminist Scholarship Issue 4 (Spring 2013).

“The Influence of International Human Trafficking on United States Prostitution Laws: The Case of Expungement Laws.” Syracuse Law Review 62 (2012): 171-182.

“The Emergence of Organized Feminist Resistance to Sexual Harassment in the United States in the 1970s.” Journal of Women’s History 19, no. 3 (Autumn 2007): 161-184.

“‘Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain!’: Power, Privacy, and the Legal Regulation of Violence Against Women,” with Maria Bevacqua, Women & Politics 26, no. 3/4 (Spring 2004): 57-83.

“Race, Class, and Sexual Harassment in the 1970s.” Feminist Studies 30, no. 1 (Spring 2004): 7-27.

Book Chapters

“Why GWSS Still Matters,” in Persistence is Resistance: Celebrating 50 Years of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, ed. by Julie Shayne (University of Washington Pressbooks, 2020).

“Women’s Bodies and Sexuality in the Public Sphere.” In Imagination and the Public Sphere, edited by Susan Cumings, 84-99. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012.

“Sexual Harassment: Law for Women, By Women.” In Feminist Legal History: New Perspectives on Law, edited by Tracy Thomas, 223-239. New York: NYU Press, 2011.

“Speaking in Contradictions: Complex Agency of Battered Women Who Kill.” In Survivor Rhetoric: Construction and Conflict in Abused Women’s Rhetoric, edited by Christine Shearer-Cremean, Linda J. Parks, and Carol L. Winkelmann, 42-63. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.

“Blue-Collar Feminists and the Link Between Sexual Harassment and Male Domination.” In Sexual Harassment and Male Domination: An Edited Collection, edited by Jim Gruber and Phoebe Morgan, 243-270. Boston, MA: Northeastern University Press, 2004.

“‘He Said, She Said’: Popular Representations of Sexual Harassment and Second-Wave Feminism.” In Disco Divas: Women and Popular Culture in the 1970s, edited by Sherrie Inness, 39-53. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.

Policy Papers

Giving Birth in a Pandemic: Policy Recommendations to Improve Maternal Equity During COVID-19, MA COVID-19 Maternal Equity Coalition (July 2020) (co-author).

Increase Access to Abortion Pills Via Telemedicine AbortionScholars Strategy Network, May 6, 2020

Ten Legislative Changes Needed to Prevent and Redress Sexual Harassment in All American Workplaces, Scholars Strategy Network, February 1, 2019.

Solving Child Sex Trafficking Requires Addressing the Conditions of Vulnerability, Gender Policy Report, University of Minnesota, December 12, 2018.


No Jargon: The Future of Abortion Care? Scholars Strategy Network, June 11, 2020.


The 19th Amendment and Women of Color, Connecting Point with Carrie Saldo, WGBY Public Television, February 20, 2020

Voters Reaction to Kavanaugh Hearings, Connecting Point with Carrie Saldo, WGBY Public Television, May 15, 2019


Giving Justice An Extension, Vox Media, December 5, 2019

An Ill Wind Blows, (discussion of abortion rights at 30:30 min.), The Bill Newman Show, WHMP, June 20, 2019.