_DSC1706 Amy Castro Baker, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Social Work in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wyoming.  In 2013 she was awarded the Nina Fortin Award for her research on women and risky lending markets in a large northeastern city, and co-edited a media literacy and activism curriculum for the SPARK movement. Dr. Baker is a 2014 Social Welfare graduate from the CUNY Graduate Center . She will be joining the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wyoming as an Assistant Professor of Social Work in the fall of 2014.

In addition to her work on gender and the market economy she is also a member of the SPARK leadership team, an interdisciplinary activist movement pushing back on the sexualization of girls in the media. Prior to her PhD work she founded the Parents as Leaders leadership development program in West Philadelphia, and served as a social work research fellow for the Homeless Health Initiative at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Baker currently teaches Social Policy at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work and has more than 10 years of social work experience with women and girls in low-income neighborhoods, schools and housing services. She holds a BSW from Cairn University, an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Philosophy from the CUNY Graduate Center. An avid outdoor athlete, Amy can often be found training for ultramarathon trail races and triathlons in her home state of Pennsylvania. She can be reached at either abaker30@uwyo.edu or bakeramyb@gmail.com. A CV can be provided upon request.