Carrie N. Baker

Associate 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 sex trafficking and reproductive justice. She is director of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and co-director of the Five College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice, of which she was a founder. Baker is affiliated with the American Studies Program and the Archives Concentration.

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. 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 first book The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 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 forthcoming book, Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race and Politics (Cambridge University Press) tells the story of activism against youth involvement in the sex trade in the United States between 1970 and 2015.

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 HistoryJournal 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 and is currently the secretary of the National Women's Studies Association.

Selected Publications

Fighting the U.S. Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race and Politics. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

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