Professor Baird is an Associate Professor of Sociology, the Executive Director of the K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering (KAWSE), and Spainhour Family Chair. Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of youth and the life course, gender inequality, work and family, and social policy on gender, work and families. Her work appears in top sociological journals including American Sociological Review, The Sociological Quarterly, Sex Roles, Sociological Forum, Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and Sociology Compass. Her position as Executive Director of KAWSE allows her to apply her research expertise to enriching the everyday lives of women. KAWSE is charged with increasing the participation, retention, and advancement of girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and math fields at K-State and offers events for middle school students, high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty.