Yoko Baba, Ph.D.

Dr. Yoko BabaProfessor Emerita, Lecturer

Ph.D., University of Oklahoma; Norman, OK

Curriculum Vitae (CV) [pdf]



Contact Information:

Email: yoko.baba@sjsu.edu
Phone: 408-924-5334

Fall 2024 Office Hours: TBA

About Dr. Yoko Baba:

Dr. Yoko Baba, originally from Japan, obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma. She has been at San José State University since 1990. Before joining SJSU’s Justice Studies Department in 2011, she was a professor in the sociology department. Dr. Baba’s research interests are in the areas of Criminology, Violence in the Family, Neighborhood Safety, and Japanese-Brazilian Communities in Japan and Brazil. Some of her research was published in Violence Against Women, Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Sociological Focus, and Sociological Spectrum. Since 2006, she has served as SJSU’s Silicon Valley Center Global Studies coordinator. She served as Resident Director for the California State University International Programs in Japan in 2012-2013.

Areas of Interest:

  • Theories of Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency
  • Victimology
  • Family and Community Violence
  • Prison Community and Research Methods
  • Return Migration and Cultural Maintenance Among Japanese-Brazilians

Recent Publications:

Baba, Y. & Vera Sanchez, C.H. “Returning to the Homeland: The migratory patterns between Brazil and Japan for Japanese-Brazilians” Latin American Perspectives (Under Review).

Thapa, S., Dulal, H. B. & Baba, Y. 2009. “A Preliminary Study of Intimate Partner Violence Among Nepali Women in the U.S.” Violence Against Women 15 (2): 206-223.

Baba, Y. & Hebert, C. 2005. “The Effects of Participation in a Cultural Awareness Program on Jail Inmates.” Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work 30 (3): 91-113.

Baba, Y. & Murray, S.B. 2003. “Spousal Abuse: Vietnamese Children’s Reports of Parental Violence.” Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 30 (3): 97-122.

Baba, Y. & Murray, S.B. 2002. “Race and Domestic Violence:  A Comparative Study of African American, Latina, and White Women.” Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology 30 (2): 165-175.