Sociology and Criminology

Department of Sociology and Criminology Welcomes New Faculty

The Department of Sociology and Criminology is pleased to welcome David Baker. He will begin his new position in the fall of 2016.

David Baker

David V. Baker, Ph.D.,J.D. Department of Sociology and Criminology Bear Hall 221/

Curriculum Vitae 

  • J.D., California Southern Law School
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, Riverside
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California, Riverside
  • B.A., Political Science, California State University, Northridge


Research Interests:

  • Racism and sexism in lethal sanctioning
  • Lynching in the United States
  • Structured inequality in the U.S. justice system

Current Research Projects:

  • Lynching and American Women: A Contextual History
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Executions in Historical Context
  • Minorities and Crime: A Contextual History of Racist Oppression


Selected publications:

  • Women and Capital Punishment in the United States: An Analytical History (McFarland Publishing, 2016).
  • “Historical Forces Governing Hispanic Injustice: Repressive Practices Against Persons of Mexican Descent In the Borderlands of the American Southwest, 1848-1929,” in Martin Guevara Urbina (Ed.) Hispanics in the U.S. Criminal Justice System: The New American Demography (Charles C. Thomas Publishing, 2013).
  • “Female Lynchings in the United States: Amending the Historical Record,” Race and Justice: An International Journal, 2(4) 2012: 356-391.
  • “Black Female Executions in Historical Context,” Criminal Justice Review, 33(1) 2008: 63-88.


A Research/Teaching Philosophy:

Frankly, the American criminal justice system is the enforcement arm of social stratification in the United States. Despite the righteous rhetoric of judges, prosecutors, and other judicial officials to the constitutional cannons of equity, fairness, and evenhandedness, American society continues its historical use of the U.S. criminal justice system to further the aims of class, race and gender oppression to advantage the dominant white male majority. Accordingly, structured inequality is not aberrant, obscure, tangential, or unimportant to justice administration, nor is it fragmented or isolated, as some crime scholars would have us believe; rather, it is endemic, integral, and central (systemic) to the administration of American criminal justice. It is incumbent upon social scientists and legal scholars to more diligently assess how and why the construction and operation of the American criminal justice system is white male constructed and white male controlled. My research and teaching interests further this concern.