James Baker is a critical and public sociologist with strong interdisciplinary training and interests whose work draws upon such areas as sociology, political science, psychology, history, and geography. He is currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Victor Satzewich. As a qualitative researcher, his academic work focuses on race/ethnicity, immigrants/refugees, and youth/adolescents. He also studies Newfoundland nationalism and identity within the context of youth.

His postdoctoral work utilizes microaggression theory in order to examine refugee youths' experiences of racism in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador and Hamilton, Ontario. He also has a funded SSHRC project to examine white youths' observations of racism and their views towards Canada's response to the Syrian Crisis. For more information on these projects, please click on the icons below.