Erin Baker

Erin Baker

Ph.D. Student
Graduate Teaching Assistant


2262 Faculty Administration Building

Curriculum Vitae

Erin Baker

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  •  Education

  •  Gender

  •  Family

  •  Homeschooling

  •  Motherhood


Under Review: 

  • Merolla, David, and Erin E. Baker. "University Racial Composition and Self-Esteem: Commitment, Self Views and Reflected Appraisals." Chapter under consideration at Identities and Symbolic Interaction: Deepening Foundations: Building Bridges. Edited by Richard T. Serpe, Robyn Stryker and Brian Powell.
  • Baker, Erin E. “Homeschooling, Intensive Mothering, and Maternal Mental Health.” Paper connects literature on homeschooling, intensive mothering, and maternal mental health.

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.
  • Baker, Erin E. “Teaching the Sociological Imagination Through Graphic Novels.” Paper outlines an assignment and teaching techniques to use graphic novels to introduce the sociological imagination and other concepts to introductory students.


Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

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

Currently Teaching

  •  Understanding Human Society (SOC 1010)