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.

The Baker Center is named in honor of Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr., sometimes referred to as “The Great Conciliator.” Senator Baker’s ability to cross party lines, listen, and legislate solutions to difficult issues, resulted in landmark legislation, such as the Panama Canal Treaty, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and much more. In the spirit of Senators Baker’s work, the 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.