Yoko Baba, Ph.D.

Dr. Yoko Baba


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

Curriculum Vitae


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. Prior to 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 WomenJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social WorkJournal of Sociology and Social WelfareAmerican Journal of Criminal JusticeSociological Focus, and Sociological Spectrum. Since 2006, she has served as the coordinator of SJSU’s Silicon Valley Center Global Studies. She served as Resident Director for the California State University International Programs in Japan in AY 2012-2013.



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Teaching Interests

Theories of Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency, Victimology, Family and Community Violence, Prison Community and Research Methods.


Research Interests

Domestic Violence; Neighborhood Attachment and Safety; Juvenile Delinquency; Return Migration and Cultural Maintenance Among Japanese-Brazilians.


Selected 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.

Strage, A., Baba, Y., Millner, S., Scharberg, M., Walker, E., Williamson, R., & Yoder, M. 2001. “What Every Student Affairs Professional Should Know: Student Study Activities and Beliefs Associate with Academic Success.” Journal of College Student Development 43: 246-266.

Baba, Y. 2001. “Vietnamese Gangs, Cliques, and Delinquents.” The Journal of Gang Research 8: 1-20.

Kikuch, G. & Baba, Y. 2010. “Japan,” pp. 98-110 in Crime and Punishment around the World, Vol. 3: Asia/Pacific by Doris Chu (ed.). General editor, Graeme R. Newman. 4 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.


Encyclopedia Entries

Baba, Y., Kikuchi, G., Watanuki, Y. “Iva Toguri d’Aquino (aka Tokyo Rose),” in Women and Crime by Vickie Jensen and Karrin Baird-Olson (eds.), Phoenix, Arizona: Greenwood Publishing Co. (Forthcoming)

Kikuchi, G., Wataniki, Y., Baba, Y. “Fusako Shigenobu,” in Women and Crime by Vickie Jensen and Karrin Baird-Olson (eds.), Phoenix, Arizona: Greenwood Publishing Co. (Forthcoming)

Watanuki, Y., Kikuchi, G., and Baba, Y. “Masumi Hayashi,” in Women and Crime by Vickie Jensen and Karrin Baird-Olson (eds.), Phoenix, Arizona: Greenwood Publishing Co. (Forthcoming)


Book Review

Baba, Y. 2007. “In the Adopted Land: Abused Immigrant Women and the Criminal Justice System,” by Hoan N. Bui, 2004, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger. Criminal Justice Review 32:

Baba, Y. 2006. “Domestic Violence at the Margins: Readings on Race, Class, and Culture,” by Natalie J. Sokoloff and Christina Pratt (eds.), 2005 New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. Criminal Justice Review 31: 257-259.