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Elizabeth Baker, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
1619 12th Street South
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35205
Phone: : (205) 975-5738

I entered undergraduate school with a focus on psychology. I was interested in understanding how people worked. Before college, I had never heard of sociology. However, upon taking more and more sociology courses I came to believe that in order to understand how people work you must understand the broad social structures that impact their life and constrain choices and opportunities.

I have three main areas of research interests, which I use to understand disparities in health among various populations. These are gender, immigration, and race/ethnicity, with a focus on Hispanics. I received a dual PhD in demography and sociology; as such my research tends to focus on population level questions and incorporates demographic techniques into understanding health disparities.

I was born in Florida, grew up in Ohio, went to school in Pennsylvania, and moved here from Los Angeles, but I enjoy all of the outdoor beauty that Alabama has to offer. Besides teaching and research, I enjoy baking, NPR, and cats.

Research Interests:

Quantitative Methods, Health Disparities among Children and Adolescents, Immigration and Acculturation, Deviant Behaviors, Marriage and Family


  • AA, Owens State Community College, General Concentration
  • BA, Bowling Green State University, Sociology and Psychology
  • MA, Bowling Green State University, Applied Demography
  • Dual PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, Sociology and Demography

Selected Publication:

  • Adrienne Milner and Elizabeth H. Baker, "Athletic Participation and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization: Investigating Abuse Patterns for Women and Men," Journal of Interpersonal Violence (2015; e-pub ahead of print): doi:10.1177/0886260515585543.
  • Elizabeth H. Baker, Adrienne N. Milner, and Anthony Campbell, "A Pilot Study to Promote Walking among Obese and Overweight Individuals: Walking Buses for Adults," Public Health 129 (No. 6, 2015):822-24.
  • Kristi Stringer and Elizabeth H. Baker, "Stigma as a Barrier to Substance Abuse Treatment among Those with Unmet Need: an Analysis of Parenthood and Marital Status," Journal of Family Issues (2015; e-pub ahead of print): doi: 10.1177/0192513X15581659.
  • Elizabeth H. Baker, Michael Rendall, and Margaret Weden, "Epidemiological Paradox or Immigrant Vulnerability? Obesity among Young Children of Immigrants," Demography 52 (No. 4, 2015):1295-1320.
  • Elizabeth H. Baker and Claire E. Altman, "Maternal Ratings of Child Health and Child Obesity, Variations by Mother's Race/Ethnicity and Nativity," Maternal and Child Health Journal 19 (No. 5, 2015):1000-9.
  • Michael S. Rendall, Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Margaret Weden, Elizabeth Baker, and Zafar Nazarov, "Multiple Imputation for Combined-Survey Estimation with Incomplete Regressors in One But Not Both Surveys,"Sociological Methods & Research 42 (No. 4, 2013):483-530.
  • Adrienne Milner, Elizabeth H. Baker, and Virginia Sisiopiku, "Motivation and Barriers to Utilizing Adult Walking Buses: An Examination of Demographic Correlates of Willingness to Participate in a Community-based Walking Program," Open Journal of Preventive Medicine 9 (2013):515-25.
  • Jennifer Van Hook, Elizabeth H. Baker, Claire Altman, and Michelle Frisco, “Canaries in a Coalmine: Immigration and Obesity among Mexican Children of Immigrants,” Social Science and Medicine 74 (No. 2, 2012):125-34.
  • Jennifer Van Hook and Elizabeth H. Baker, "Big Boys and Little Girls: Gender, Acculturation, and Weight Among Young Children of Immigrants," Journal of Health and Social Behavior 51 (No. 2, 2010):200-14.