Christine Baker-Smith
Managing Director / Director of Research

P-12 & Higher ED

  • Educational pathways
  • Early college 
  • High schools 
  • Transition to adulthood
  • Data and statistics 
  • Research and methodology
  • Access
  • Public universities
  • Safety and violence

Christine Baker-Smith is the managing director and director of research of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Before joining the Hope Center, she was a lecturer in research methodology for the quantitative methods in the social sciences program at Columbia University and an education policy analyst for the NYC Independent Budget Office. She also served as project manager for the “NYC High School Admissions Study” — a randomized controlled trial. A sociologist of education, Baker-Smith’s training is in mixed-methods research and causal inference with a focus on student social and academic engagement across schooling transitions. She holds a doctorate degree from New York University in sociology of education, a master’s degree in leadership, policy and politics from Teachers College, Columbia University, an master’s degree in social sciences of education from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Whitman College. She has published on adolescence and school transitions in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Sociology of Education, Peabody Journal of Education, and Education Finance and Policy.