Erin Baker

Erin Baker

Ph.D. Candidate
Rumble Fellow


2256 Faculty Administration Building

Curriculum vitae

Erin Baker

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  •  Education

  •  Gender

  •  Family

  •  Homeschooling

  •  Motherhood


In Progress: 

  • Baker, Erin E. and David M. Merolla. “Unrealized Potential: Are Teachers Less Likely to Encourage Low SES Students to Apply for College?” Paper looks are teacher perceptions of low socioeconomic status students and how it affects their likeliness to encourage those students to pursue higher education.
  • Baker, Erin E. “Homeschooling and Intensive Mothering Ideology.” Paper examines the link between intensive mothering ideology and homeschooling by analyzing homeschooler blogs, paying particular attention to the differences between secular and religious homeschooling.


  • Bachelor of Science - Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice, Central Michigan University
  • Master of Arts - Schools, Society, and Violence, Eastern Michigan University

Awards and grants

  •  Janet Hankin/Allen Goodman Scholarship in Health Economics/Health Sociology, 2019

Selected publications

Merolla, David, and Erin E. Baker. (2019) "University Racial Composition and Self-Esteem: Commitment, Self Views and Reflected Appraisals." Identities and Symbolic Interaction: Deepening Foundations: Building Bridges. Edited by Richard T. Serpe, Robyn Stryker and Brian Powell. New York: Springer

Baker, Erin E. (2019) “Homeschooling, Intensive Mothering, and Maternal Mental Health.” Sociology Compass. DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12725

Currently teaching

  •  Understanding Human Society (SOC 1010)

  •  Social Problems (SOC 1020)