|SociologyKimberly M. Baker|
|Law and Society (Courtroom Dynamics, Disparity in Sentencing, Judicial Decision Making), Drug Courts|
Dr. Baker teaches several courses including Law and Society, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Deviance, Drugs and Society, Addiction and Recovery, Sociological Theory, and Research Methods. She has served as a presenter and panelist on topics such as decision making in drug courts, justice for juveniles, and evaluation of parenting by drug court teams. She recently co-authored a paper that analyzed 50 jury deliberations to examine how jurors utilize offstage data, which is information not formally presented from the witness stand. The paper found that jurors do look to the offstage in evaluating the claims of the parties. Contrary to predictions, these observations only played a minor role in the jury deliberation process.
"I’m Just Not Sure What We Are Going to Do with Her’: Sociological Ambivalence and Decision-Making in a Southwestern Drug Court.” In Progress.
"Goffman on the Jury: Real Jurors’ Attentions to the ‘Off-Stage’ of Trials." Forthcoming, Law and Human Behavior.