Mikyung Baek is a senior research associate with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. She is also a contributor to diversitydatakids.org, a project of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Her work involves mapping child opportunity indicators to create the Child Opportunity Index, one of the institute’s main research products. Her research interests include opportunity indicators for children and youth, spatial (GIS) analysis of opportunity, food insecurity and health equity, and their relationship with neighborhood conditions.
Baek holds a doctorate in educational technology and a master’s degree in foreign and second language education, both from The Ohio State University. She also received an undergraduate degree in computer science and statistics from Pusan National University in South Korea.
Research Interests: Indicators of opportunity for children and youth and their life experiences, spatial (GIS) analysis of opportunity, food (in)security and health equity, and their relationship with neighborhood conditions.