Professor Baker’s book, Medieval Islamic Sectarianism (Bradford, UK: Arc Medieval Press, 2019), focuses on discourses on “heterodoxy” and “orthodoxy” in medieval Islam, examining the formation of different forms of Muslim identity in 10th-century
North Africa, Iraq, and Iran and how the development of those identities were portrayed and remembered in historical narrative.
Her current research focuses on two projects. First, editing a volume on diversity in the medieval Islamic world. Second, she is researching Muslims living in non-urban communities in the United States and collecting oral histories with Erin Conlin (IUP
History Department) and Michelle Sandhoff (IUP Sociology Department).
Baker offers courses on the medieval and modern Middle East, the Islamic world, and the Mediterranean as well as Queer History.