Christina Baker, PhD
A Little About Me...
I’m currently an Associate Professor of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at University of California, Merced.
I grew up in Southern California. After graduating from UCLA with a BA in Sociology, I attended UC Irvine, where I completed my MA and PhD in Sociology. My scholarship and teaching focus on the intersection of race and gender, with an emphasis on Black feminist theory and film/media. I’m the author of Black Women Directors (Rutgers University Press, Quick Takes: Movies & Popular Culture series) Contemporary Black Women Filmmakers and the Art of Resistance (The Ohio State University Press, Black Performance and Cultural Criticism series) and the edited collection Kasi Lemmons: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi).
Articles & Essays
Baker, Christina N. 2021. Embracing Black Feminist Joy and Pleasure in Communication Studies, Women's Studies in Communication, 44:4, 459-462. DOI: 10.1080/07491409.2021.1987813
Baker, Christina N. 2021. Revisiting Audre Lorde’s Uses of the Erotic through Contemporary Film, Women's Studies in Communication, 44:4, 470-476, DOI: 10.1080/07491409.2021.1987824
Baker, Christina N. 2021. "Liberation and Learning from the 60s in One Night in Miami." Flow: A Critical Forum on Media and Culture.
Baker, Christina N. 2021. “It Feels Right to Me”: Epiphanies, Erotic Power, and Eve’s Bayou. Flow: A Critical Forum on Media and Culture.
Baker, Christina N. 2020. "Rap Is Not a Luxury in The Forty-Year-Old Version." Flow: A Critical Forum on Media and Culture.
Baker, Christina N. 2020. "Liberation, Love, and Time Travel." Film Quarterly Quorum.
Baker, Christina N. 2019. “Beyoncé’s Homecoming and the power of Black women filmmakers.” Women’s Media Center.
Baker, Christina N. 2019. “Julie Dash” in Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle through Interviews, Profiles, and Manifestos. Routledge.
Baker, Christina N. 2016. "Gender and Sexuality in Advertising" in Nancy A. Naples, ed. Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Baker, Christina N. 2015. “Gender Differences in the Experiences of African American College Students: The Effects of Co-ethnic Support and Campus Diversity.” Women, Gender, & Families of Color. 3(1): 36-57.
Baker, Christina N. 2013. “Social Support and Success in Higher Education: The Influence of On-campus Support on African American and Latino College Students.” The Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education. 45 (5): 632-650.
Baker, Christina and Belinda Robnett. 2012. “Race, Social Support and College Student Retention: A Case Study.” Journal of College Student Development. 53(2): 325-335.
Baker, Christina N. 2008. “Under-represented College Students and Extracurricular Involvement: The Effects of Various Student Organizations on Academic Performance.” Social Psychology of Education. 11(3): 273-298.
Baker, Christina N. 2005. “Images of Women’s Sexuality in Advertisements: A Content Analysis of Black- and White- oriented Men’s and Women’s Magazines.” Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. 52: 13-27.
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