Carrie N. Baker

Professor of the Study of Women & Gender

Carrie Baker


Ph.D., J.D., M.A., Emory University

B.A., Yale University


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. 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. Her forthcoming book is a textbook on sexual harassment law, co-authored with Jennifer Drobac and Rigel Oliveri.

Baker’s research, including several articles on sex trafficking, has been published in Feminist StudiesMeridians: feminism, race, transnationalismViolence Against Women, Journal of Women, Politics, and PolicyWomen in PoliticsThe Journal of Women’s History, Feminist Formations, Journal of Human Trafficking, Journal of Feminist ScholarshipNWSA JournalJournal of Law and InequalityEmory Law Journal and Women and Social Movements in the United States.

Baker writes for Ms. magazine and is co-chair of the Ms. Committee of Scholars. She serves on the editorial board of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. She has served on the governing council of the National Women’s Studies Association, most recently as secretary.

Baker is also a member of the Scholars Strategy Network and Women’s Media Center SheSource.

Selected Publications


Sexual Harassment Law: History, Cases, Practice, with Jennifer Ann Drobac and Rigel C. Oliveri. Carolina Academic Press, 2019.

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.


“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.

Policy Papers

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.