B Arts (Hons), PhD (University of South Australia), GCertHigherEd (Griffith University)
Associate Professor, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science
Sarah Baker is Deputy Head of School (Research), Deputy Director of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and also the Arts, Education and Law Group Higher Degree Research Advocate. Her books include Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries (with David Hesmondhalgh, Routledge, 2011), Community Custodians of Popular Music's Past: A DIY Approach to Heritage (Routledge, 2017) and the edited collections Redefining Mainstream Popular Music (with Andy Bennett and Jodie Taylor, Routledge, 2013), Youth Cultures and Subcultures: Australian Perspectives (with Brady Robards and Bob Buttigieg, Ashgate, 2015) and Preserving Popular Music Heritage: Do-it-yourself, Do-it-together (Routledge, 2015).
Sarah convenes Understanding the Social World, 1007LHS, one of six first year foundation courses in the Bachelor of Arts at Griffith University. In 2012 she received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Griffith University Teacher of the Year. A national award followed with an Office for Learning and Teaching 2013 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Sarah is the lead Australian author on the first year sociology textbook, Think Sociology (Pearson, 2011), and is the co-author with Brady Robards of Teaching Youth Studies Through Popular Culture (ACYS Publishing, 2014).
Fields of expertise
- Critical Heritage Studies: the community heritage sector
- Popular Music Studies: heritage institutions (archives, museums, halls of fame)
- Youth Studies: youth cultures and subcultures
- Cultural Industries: creative labour
Current teaching areas
- Introductory sociology