Department of Education Policy & Leadership

Baker, Dominique

Dominique  Baker

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
3101 University Blvd, Ste. 345
Box 750114
Dallas, TX 75275

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Dominique is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.  She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.  Her research focuses on the effects of higher education access policies on students, particularly those who are underrepresented within higher education. She investigates the effects both while students are still enrolled and once students have left higher education.  She is also interested in institutional policies that can promote or hinder student success for underrepresented students.


She is the recipient of a $20,000 Association for Institutional Research dissertation grant, Vanderbilt University Provost’s Graduate Fellowship, Vanderbilt University Experimental Education Research Training Fellowship, and UCEA Barbara L. Jackson Scholarship.  She earned her Master of Education in Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Dominique served as an Assistant Dean in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Virginia. At SMU, she teaches policy and analysis courses on the doctoral level.