Rachel Baker

Current Position: 

Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine

Rachel Baker completed her PhD in Higher Education Policy and the Economics of Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education in 2015, where she was affiliated with the Center for Education Policy Analysis and a Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellow. Rachel studies inequalities in access to and success in higher education using behavioral economic models of decision making and quasi-experimental and experimental methods. Her job market paper, "Responses to Increased Structure in Community Colleges" examines how students and institutions responded to a state-wide policy smoothing the transfer process between two- and four-year schools. Rachel's other work includes agent based simulations of race- and ses-based affirmative action policies, a study of students' knowledge of labor market outcomes, and descriptive and experimental work on persistence in online classes. She works closely with the California Community Colleges. Rachel graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in psychology and elementary education from Dartmouth College. Her professional experience includes teaching elementary school in the Marshall Islands, working as a literacy specialist at a school for the Deaf, and coordinating college readiness programming at The Steppingstone Foundation in Boston.