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Barbara Baker

Barbara Baker


Executive Director
Women's Leadership Institute at Auburn University


Barbara A. Baker, Executive Director of the Women's Leadership Institute at Auburn University, is a writer and educator who has published and taught in a wide range of areas including Women's Leadership, Women's Studies, Africana Studies, Community and Civic Engagement, and in the Honors College. She is the founding director of the Women's Leadership Institute Extraordinary Women Lecture which has hosted Maya Angelou, Lilly Ledbetter, Marie C. Wilson, and this year, Gloria Steinem.

As Associate Professor at Tuskegee University, where she taught English for eleven years, she served as a mentor in the United Negro College Fund/Mellon Fellows program and was awarded two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  She currently teaches at Auburn University in both the Women’s Studies and Community and Civic Engagement programs and serves as AU’s representative to Imagining America and on the College of Liberal Arts' Community and Civic Engagement Planning Committee.

Baker is the author or editor of four books and several academic articles covering a diversity of areas including aesthetics, bioethics, African American and Southern literature and music, health care, and women's studies. She co-edited Scholarship in Action: Communities, Leaders, and Citizens (Common Ground, 2013).