Susan G. Baker, associate professor of sociology and former director of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), has passed away. Officials in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology were notified this week.
Baker joined UT Arlington in 2005 as Director of CMAS, remaining in the position until 2013. During her tenure, she created the Distinguished Lecture Series, which became the Center’s annual signature event. Baker earned her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, her master’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology at Trinity University.
“Dr. Baker was an outstanding scholar and passionate about the study of issues affecting Latinas in the U.S.,” said Associate Professor Christian Zlolniski (Anthropology), the current CMAS director. “During her tenure as director of CMAS, she was committed to her students, including several graduate students with whom she worked closely for years. She was also a very warm, loving, and kind-hearted person. Susan will be missed by her colleagues, students and staff at CMAS.”
Prior to working at UT Arlington, Baker had research and faculty positions at the Urban Institute, the University of Arizona and the University of Texas at Austin.