Dominique Baker is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and an Associate in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. Her research focuses on the way that education policy affects and shapes the access and success of underrepresented students in higher education. She was named a 2019 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Semi-Finalist and has received a $25,000 AERA research grant for 2020-2021. She primarily investigates student financial aid, affirmative action, and policies that influence the ability to create an inclusive & equitable campus climate. She has recently joined the editorial board of Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and been named an Outstanding Reviewer for AERA Open at the 2019 AERA meeting.

She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She was the recipient of an 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 has been named a Thomas B. Fordham Institute and American Enterprise Institute Emerging Education Policy Scholar. 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 public policy and policy analysis courses at the doctoral level and diversity and equity courses at the master's level.