_DSC1706 Amy Castro Baker, PhD, MSW is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, she received her PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center.  Her research explores how economic and social policies contribute to existing gender, race and health disparities, particularly within housing and lending markets. This fall she was awarded the Society for Social Work and Research Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award for her dissertation, “Women in Foreclosure: Social Reproduction and Mortgage Strain in the Subprime Era,” as well as, the GADE Student Research Award for her Social Service Review article entitled, “Eroding the Wealth of Women: Gender and the Subprime Foreclosure Crisis.” 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.

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 fellow for the Homeless Health Initiative at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Baker 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, she can often be found enjoying the mountains. She can be reached at bakeramyb@gmail.com.