The Justice Lab at UW-Madison focuses on ending racial, economic, and health disparities across the rural-urban interface.

Regina Baker


Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Regina S. Baker is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also a Research Associate at the Population Studies Center and a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Africana Studies. She received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Duke University, an M.S.W. from the University of Georgia, and a B.A. in Sociology from Mercer University. Her research centers on poverty and inequality. She is particularly interested in how micro and macro contexts shape socioeconomic conditions and disparities across individuals and place. Her current work focuses on poverty and poverty risks, particularly among mothers and children; the role of historical and political contexts in understanding regional and racial inequality; and social origin and intergenerational mobility. Her work is featured in outlets such as Social Forces, Journal of Marriage and Family, and American Sociological Review. Her research has been supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the American Sociological Association.