Emeritus Professor Maureen Baker

BA , MA (Tor) , PhD (Alta) , FNZAH , FRSNZ

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Maureen Baker is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology at The University of Auckland. After receiving a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Alberta in 1975, she taught mainly in Canada but also in Australia. From 1984 to 1990, she worked as a senior researcher for Canada's Parliament, specialising in social policy issues relating to families and women. From 1990 to 1997, she was an associate professor and professor at McGill University in Montreal. Since January 1998, Professor Baker has lived and worked in New Zealand. In 2008, she was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of the Humanities, and in 2009 a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In 2014, she retired from Universty teaching and became an Emeritus Professor.

Research interests

Family policies and trends, gendered work, restructuring welfare states, comparative social policy.

Research | Current

My recent research projects have focused on the academic gender gap, reproduction and gender identity, cohabitation and marriage, gendered earnings, and comparative family policies.


Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand

Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of the Humanities

Emeritus Professor

Areas of expertise

Comparative family trends and policies, women and paid/unpaid work, academic careers

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Elizabeth, V., & Baker, M. (2015). Transiting through Cohabitation to Marriage: Emerging Commitment and Diminishing Ambiguity. Families, Relationships and Societies, 4 (1), 53-70. 10.1332/204674314X14036151626086
  • Baker, M., & Elizabeth, V. (2014). Marriage in an Age of Cohabitation: How and When People Tie the Knot in the Twenty-First Century. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • Baker, M. (2014). Choices and Constraints in Family Life (3rd). Toronto: Oxford University Press. Pages: 254.
  • Baker, M., & Elizabeth, V. (2013). 'Did you just ask me to marry you?': The Gendered Nature of Heterosexual Relationship Progressions. Women's Studies Journal, 27 (2), 32-43. Related URL.
  • Baker, M., & Elizabeth, V. (2013). Tying the Knot: The Impact of Formalization After Long-Term Cohabitation. Journal of Family Studies, 19 (3), 254-266. Related URL.
  • Elizabeth, V., & Baker, M. (2013). Conditional Partnerships or Trial Marriage? Cohabitation in the 21st Century. Paper presented at The Australian Sociological Association Conference (TASA) 2013, Monash University, Melbourne. 25 November - 28 November 2013. Related URL.
  • Baker, M., & Elizabeth, V. (2013). Tying the Knot: The Impact of Formalization after Long-Term Cohabitation. Paper presented at Canadian Sociology Association Annual Meetings, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia. 3 June - 8 June 2013. Canadian Sociology Association Annual Meetings. Related URL.
  • Baker, M., & Elizabeth, V. (2012). Negotiating 'marriage': Comparing same-sex and different-sex cohabiting couples. New Zealand Sociology, 27 (2), 10-28.

Contact details

Primary location

Level 9, Room 947
New Zealand