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Howard Baker Jr

About Us

The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy is a nonpartisan public policy center, located on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Center aims to provide policy makers, citizens, scholars, and students with the information and skills necessary to work effectively within our political system and to serve our local, state, national, and global communities.

In the spirit of Senators Baker’s work, the Baker Center offers a number of public lectures and programs within its three focus areas: Energy & Environment, Global Security, and Leadership & Governance. The Center also maintains an active and engaged student program with options to join the Baker Center Living Learning Community, Baker Ambassadors and Baker Scholars. The Center is housed in a 51,000 sq.ft., three-story domed building, which also serves as a gateway to the University of Tennessee campus and houses the Modern Political Archives (MPA), Chancellor’s Honors Program and the Masters of Public Policy and Administration. The building also includes classrooms on the 2nd floor, MPA Research Room, Howard Baker Reading Room and Toyota Auditorium.




Support our efforts to educate the public, conduct quality public policy research, and engage students.




Facility Rental

Our facility is available for University of Tennessee sponsored events and a rental fee does apply.

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Directions & Parking

Parking in University lots is by permit only. There are multiple other option available for visitors.

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