Associate Professor
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Heritage Hall 460F
(205) 975-5738

Research and Teaching Interests: Quantitative Methods, Health Disparities among Children and Adolescents, Immigration and Acculturation, Deviant Behaviors, Marriage and Family

Office Hours: By appointment


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

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.

  • Regression
  • Health Disparities among Youths
  • Deviant Behaviors
  • Intimate Relationships and the Family
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • The Research Experience
  • Stepanikova, Irena, Elizabeth Baker, Zach Simoni, Aowen Zhu, Sarah Rutland, and Larrell Wilkinson. In Press. Investigating the Role of Perceived Discrimination in Obesity among African Americans. American Journal of Preventative Medicine.
  • Gibson, Philip, Elizabeth H. Baker, and Adrienne Milner. 2016. Gender Role Orientation, Educational Status, and Depressive Symptoms among Young Adults in the United States. Journal of Affective Disorders, 189, 306-313. PMID: 26458183
  • Baker, Elizabeth H., Michael Rendall, and Margaret Weden. 2015. Epidemiological Paradox or Immigrant Vulnerability? Obesity among Young Children of Immigrants. Demography, 52 (4), 1295-1320. PMID: 26111970
  • Milner, Adrienne and Elizabeth H. Baker. 2015. Athletic Participation and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization: Investigating Abuse Patterns for Women and Men. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, [e-pub ahead of print] doi:10.1177/0886260515585543. PMID: 25979534
  • Baker, Elizabeth H., Adrienne N. Milner, and Anthony Campbell. 2015. A Pilot Study to Promote Walking among Obese and Overweight Individuals: Walking Buses for Adults. Public Health, 129 (6), 822-824. PMID: 25940648
  • Stringer, Kristi and Elizabeth H. Baker. 2015. Stigma as a Barrier to Substance Abuse Treatment among Those with Unmet Need: an Analysis of Parenthood and Marital Status. Journal of Family Issues, [e-pub ahead of print] doi: 10.1177/0192513X15581659.
  • Baker, Elizabeth H. and Claire E. Altman. 2015. Maternal Ratings of Child Health and Child Obesity, Variations by Mother's Race/Ethnicity and Nativity. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19 (5), 1000-1009. PMID: 25108502
  • Rendall, Michael S., Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Margaret Weden, Elizabeth Baker and Zafar Nazarov. 2013. Multiple Imputation for Combined-Survey Estimation with Incomplete Regressors in One But Not Both Surveys. Sociological Methods & Research, 42 (4), 483-530. PMID: 24223447
  • Van Hook, Jennifer, Elizabeth H. Baker, Claire Altman, and Michelle Frisco. 2012. Canaries in a Coalmine: Immigration and Obesity among Mexican Children of Immigrants. Social Science and Medicine, 74 (2), 125-134. PMID: 22153862
  • American Sociological Association (ASA)
  • Southern Sociological Society (SSS)
  • Population Association of America (PAA)
  • Elizabeth Baker. 2015. Co-Principal Investigator. "Investigating the Role of Perceived Discrimination in Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome among African Americans in Mississippi: The Jackson Heart Study." Awarded from Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research. $30,000.
  • Elizabeth Baker. 2013-2014. Principal Investigator. "Child Obesity and Mother’s Ratings of Health: Variation by Maternal Immigrant Status and Acculturation." Awarded from Minority Health and Research Center. $30,000.
  • Elizabeth Baker. 2013-2014. Co-Principal Investigator. "Walking Buses for adults. Awarded from Minority Health and Research Center and WeightWatchers, Inc. $30,000.
    • Winner of the American Heart Association Worksite Innovation Award (Gold)
    • Winner of the NASPA (National Association for Administrators in Higher Education) Excellence Award (Silver)
    • Research featured on ABC’s 33/40 Talk of Alabama, CBS 42 News, and Fox 6 news