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Dr Stephanie Alice Baker

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

Contact Information


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D624, Rhind Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr Stephanie Alice Baker joined the Department of Sociology as a lecturer in 2014. She received a B.A. (Hons. 1st Class) from the University of Sydney in 2006 and a Ph.D. (awarded without revision) from the University of Western Sydney in 2010. Since completing her doctorate she has held research positions at the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay, the University of Western Sydney and Goldsmiths, as well as a visiting lectureship at the University of Greenwich, UK. She also serves as a representative of the European Sociological Association’s Emotions Research Network.


  1. PhD, University of Western Sydney, Australia, 2010
  2. BA (Hons 1st Class), University of Sydney, Australia, 2006


  1. Lectureship in Sociology, City, University of London, 2014 – present
  2. Researcher, Goldsmiths University of London, 2013 – 2014
  3. Visiting Lecturer, University of Greenwich, London, 2010 – 2012
  4. Research Assistant, Institute for Culture and Society, 2010 – 2012
  5. Research Assistant, Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy, 2010
  6. Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, 2010
  7. Honorary Visiting Fellow, University of Leicester, 2007 – 2008
  8. Academic Tutor, University of Sydney, 2006 – 2007

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Inducted Member, Golden Key International Honour Society, 2003 – present


  1. Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence (2013) Outstanding Paper Award Winner
  2. European Association for Sociology of Sport (2011) Young Researcher’s Award
  3. Australian Federal Government (2010) Endeavour Research Award
  4. University of Western Sydney (2008) Postgraduate Research Award (full PhD scholarship)
  5. University of Sydney (2007) Wentworth Travelling Scholarship
  6. University of Sydney (2006) University Postgraduate Award (full PhD scholarship)
  7. University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Support Scheme
    2006, 2007, 2008


Research Interests

- cultural sociology
- emotions
- identity
- intimate relationships
- social media


My work is underpinned by a concern with emotions, experienced intersubjectively in different cultural contexts. A major dimension of my research involves exploring technological developments as they relate to the formation of identity and how emotions are perceived, experienced and represented in the media, particularly online.

Current Research

My current research focuses on lifestyle journalism. I am interested in how health experts negotiate their identities in the context of technological and cultural change.

Grants & Funding

Endeavour Research Award, Australian Federal Government, 2010

Postgraduate Research Award (full Ph.D. scholarship), University of Western Sydney, 2008-2009

Wentworth Travelling Scholarship, University of Sydney, 2007

University Postgraduate Award (full Ph.D. scholarship), University of Sydney, 2006-2008

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme, University of Sydney, 2008

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme, University of Sydney, 2007

Postgraduate Research Support Scheme, University of Sydney, 2006

Media Appearances + Consultancy

• Sky News, 2016

• Channel ARTE, 2016

• ITV, Family Planning Event, 2016

• BBC News, 2015, 2016

• ITV, Primal Screen, 2014-15

• Sense Worldwide, 2014

• Flamingo London, 2014, 2016



  1. Baker, S.A. (2014). Social Tragedy: The power of myth, ritual and emotion in the new media ecology [Cultural Sociology Series]. New York: Palgrave. ISBN 978-1-137-38613-7.

Chapters (11)

  1. Baker, S.A. and Rowe, D. (2014). The Power of Popular Publicity: new social media and the affective dynamics of the Sepp Blatter racism scandal. In Heaney, J.G. and Flam, H. (Eds.), Power & Emotion London: Routledge.
  2. Baker, S.A. (2014). Introduction: Plato's Challenge. In Baker, S. (Ed.), Social Tragedy The Power of Myth, Ritual, and Emotion in the New Media Ecology (pp. 1–27). Springer. ISBN 978-1-137-37913-9.
  3. Baker, S.A. and Hamilton, M. (2013). France. In Emery, R.E. (Ed.), Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia New York: SAGE.
  4. Baker, S.A. (2013). Theatre and Film. In Emery, R.E. (Ed.), Cultural Sociology of Divorce: An Encyclopedia New York: SAGE.
  5. Baker, S.A. (2012). Policing the Riots: new Social Media as Recruitment, Resistance, and Surveillance. In Briggs, D. (Ed.), The English Riots of 2011: A Summer of Discontent (pp. 169–192). Hampshire: Waterside Press.
  6. Rowe, D. and Baker, S.A. (2012). Truly a Fan Experience? The Cultural Politics of the Live Site. In Krøvel, R. and Roksvold, T. (Eds.), We Love to Hate Each Other: Mediated Football Fan Culture (pp. 303–319). Gothenburg: Nordicom. ISBN 978-91-86523-35-0.
  7. Baker, S.A. (2012). Social Tragedy: Zidane’s role in the nation’s tragic epic. In Kearney, M. (Ed.), From Conflict to Recognition: Moving Multiculturalism Forward (pp. 235–250). New York: Rodopi.
  8. Baker, S.A. (2011). Ancient India. In Barnett, G. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Networks (pp. 38–41). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  9. Baker, S.A. (2011). Earliest Civilizations. In Barnett, G. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Networks (pp. 221–224). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  10. Baker, S.A. and Peckman, A. (2011). India. In Barnett, G. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Networks (pp. 401–406). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
  11. Baker, S.A. (2011). Nepal. In Barnett, G. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Networks (pp. 586–587). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Journal articles (11)

  1. Walsh, M.J. and Baker, S.A. (2017). The selfie and the transformation of the public–private distinction. Information Communication and Society, 20(8), pp. 1185–1203. doi:10.1080/1369118X.2016.1220969.
  2. Baker, S.A. (2014). From Causality to Emergence: re-evaluating social media’s role in the 2011 English riots. Georgetown Journal of International Affairs [Special Issue on Social Media & Social Activism], 15(1).
  3. Baker, S.A. and Rowe, D. (2013). The Power of Popular Publicity: new social media and the affective dynamics of the Sepp Blatter racism scandal. Journal of Political Power [Special Issue on Emotions & Power], 6(3), pp. 441–460.
  4. Baker, S.A. (2013). Performing the Postcolonial: the ‘migrant’ body as a site of veneration, repugnance and blame. International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 5(3), pp. 213–228.
  5. Baker, S.A. and Rowe, D. (2012). The “Fall” of What? FIFA’s public viewing areas and their contribution to the quality of public life. Space and Culture, 15(3), pp. 395–407.
  6. Baker, S.A. and Rowe, D. (2012). Live Sites in an Age of Media Reproduction: mega events and transcontinental experience in public space. Global Media Journal, 6(1).
  7. Baker, S.A. and Rowe, D. (2012). Mediating Mega Events and Manufacturing Multiculturalism: the cultural politics of the World Game in Australia. Journal of Sociology, 48(3).
  8. Baker, S.A. (2012). From the Criminal Crowd to the ‘Mediated Crowd’: the impact of social media on the 2011 English riots. Safer Communities, 11(1), pp. 40–49.
  9. Baker, S.A. (2011). The Mediated Crowd: new social media and new forms of rioting. Sociological Research Online, 16(4).
  10. Baker, S.A. (2010). Imitating Life or Art: the tragic hero’s emergence on France’s postcolonial stage. Diversity and Recognition, 117, pp. 93–104.
  11. Baker, S.A. (2010). Hoping to Fear: the cathartic transformation of the civic community: critique and counter critique. The Resilience of Hope, 68, pp. 97–122.

Reports (2)

  1. Baker, S.A., Ruppert, E., Harvey, P., Lury, C., Mackenzie, A., McNally, R. … Lewis, C. (2015). Socialising Big Data: From concept to practice. The University of Manchester and the Open University.
  2. Ruppert, E., Harvey, P., Lucy, C., Mackenzie, A., McNally, R., Baker, S.A. … Lewis, C. (2015). A Social Framework for Big Data. Project Report. CRESC Working Paper Series.

Other Activities

Keynote lecture/speech

  1. The Social Foundation of Decision Making. Leeds, UK (2016).,0,0,0,0