James Baker

Visiting Assistant Professor

Research Interests
Race and Ethnicity, Immigration and Refugees, Nationalism and Patriotism, Discourse Analysis, Political Sociology, Youth, Newfoundland and Labrador
Contact Information
Ph: 709-864-3977
Em: jbaker@mun.ca
Office: A-4075
Personal Profile

Jamie primarily works in the areas of race and ethnicity, and has completed research assessing Newfoundland nationalism, ethnicity, and patriotism. He has also completed work on refugee youth experiences of racism in Newfoundland and Labrador as well as secondary and post-secondary attitudes towards immigration and multiculturalism and their observations of racism. His work appears in National Identities, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Refuge: Canada's Journal of Refugees, and Journal of Youth Studies. His PhD thesis provided a comparative evaluation of refugee policy as debated in the Canadian House of Commons in 2010 and 2012. Utilizing Critical Discourse Analysis and utilizing the works of Douglas Walton, Teun van Dijk, and Theo van Leeuwen, he assessed how elite parliamentarians use argumentation, legitimation, and Othering strategies to frame debates on refugees. Jamie has taught courses in both sociology and political science and, for the past 10 years, has worked with the Association for New Canadians, a non-profit community based immigrant settlement agency located in the province.


Baker, James, Jonathan Price, and Kenneth Walsh. 2015. Unwelcoming communities: youth observations of racism in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Journal of Youth Studies. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13676261.2015.1052048

Baker, James, Chris William Martin, and Jonathan Price. Forthcoming. “Becoming ‘Nagarikharu’: Unsettled Lives and Identity Formation among Bhutanese Refugees” In Agency Within Vulnerability: Refugee Integration in Contexts of Reception, edited by Morgan Poteet and Shiva Nourpanah. London: Cambridge Scholars' Press.

Baker, James. “A Newfoundland Ethnicity? The political implications of a post-confederation Newfoundland nationalism.” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 14, no. 1 (2014): 74-100.

Baker, James. “Just Kids? Peer Racism in a Predominately White City” Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees 29, no. 1 (2013): 75-85.

Baker, James. “As loved our fathers: The strength of patriotism among young Newfoundlanders.” National Identities 14, no. 4 (2012): 367-386.


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