PhD in Sociology of Education

E. Christine Baker-Smith


Program: Sociology of Education

Research Interests: Education, Organizations, Delinquency, Transitions

Principal Adviser(s): Jennifer Jennings, Sean Corcoran, Richard Arum

 Dissertation Title: The 3 S’s: Suspensions, Schools and Students – Understanding School  “Effects” on Student Suspension Risk and Student-level Disparities in Suspension Risk

Research Description/Bio: Christine Baker-Smith is a Doctoral Candidate in the Sociology of Education program at NYU. Her work focuses on how schools function as social structures, with specific interest in discipline and school choice policies. Christine’s background is in mixed-methods research, with specialized training in statistics and applied data analytics from the PRIISM Center at NYU Steinhardt.

She currently is Project Manager for the Leveling the Playing Field of School Choice in New York City and has been an IES-PIRT fellow at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Prior to beginning her PhD, Christine was the Program Manager for the Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences M.A. program at Columbia University. She also served in the District Office of a New York City Council member in the early years of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration. These experiences solidified Christine’s commitment to high quality, careful research that produces findings accessible to policymakers as well as researchers.

Christine holds an Ed.M. in Leadership, Policy and Politics from Teachers College, Columbia University, an M.A. in Social Sciences of Education from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Whitman College.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

Corcoran, S. & E. C. Baker-Smith (2015) “Pathways to the Elite: Application, Admission, and Matriculation to New York City’s Specialized High Schools” Report by Research Alliance for New York City Schools.

Arum, R. & J. Manza with A. Larson, M. Macarthy & E.C. Baker-Smith (2012). “Markets, Organizations, and Work” The Sociology Project: Introducing the Sociological Imagination. Pearson Publishing.

Weiss, C., and Baker-Smith, E.C. (2010). “Eighth grade school form and resilience in the transition to high school: A comparison of middle schools and K-8 schools.” Journal of Research on Adolescence 20(4).