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The Baker Center staff work hard to create and develop programming and projects that support the mission of the Baker Center and honor our namesake.  The staff is aided by Baker Fellows and Faculty, academics and professionals who work on the various academic and research projects of the center.

Administration

Dr. Matthew N. MurrayDr. Matthew N. Murray
Director, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy; Associate Director, Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research
Fields of Interest: Public finance and public policy, state and local tax policy, education finance, tax compliance, and regional economic development.
Dr. Katie CahillDr. Katie A. Cahill 

Associate Director, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy; Director, Leadership and Governance Policy Program

Fields of Interest: Public policy, comparative politics, and public health.

Program Directors

Dr. Howard L. HallDr. Howard L. Hall

Director, Institute for Nuclear Security; Fellow, Global Security Policy Program; Governor’s Chair, Department of Nuclear Engineering

Fields of Interest: Nuclear forensics, nuclear chemistry, radiochemistry, radiation, detection and measurement as applied to security-relevant needs, nuclear security policy in the interface between technology, policy and legal frameworks, counterterrorism, and nuclear nonproliferation.
charles simsDr. Charles B. Sims

Director and Faculty Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program

Fields of Interest: Management of renewable resources, coupled human and natural systems, risk and uncertainty, invasive species, native pests, public land management, optimal control theory, dynamic programming, real options, and computable general equilibrium.
wiegandDr. Krista E. Wiegand

Director and Faculty Fellow, Global Security Program

Fields of Interest: Territorial and maritime disputes, conflict resolution/management, war and militarized interstate disputes, terrorism and political violence, and bargaining strategies.

Faculty Fellows

Dr. Paul Armsworth poses during the UT Alumni Association Board of Governors dinner at the Hilton in Knoxville, Tenn., Friday, June 5, 2015. (Adam Brimer / The University of Tennessee)Dr. Paul Armsworth
Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program; Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Fields of Interest: Ecology, conservation science, and mathematical modeling
bjornstadDr. David Bjornstad
Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program; Professor, Department of Economics
Fields of Interest: Energy economics, experimental and behavioral economics, natural resources and the environment, and applied microeconomics.
MattBuehler2Dr. Matt Buehler                        Fellow, Global Security Program; Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science Field of Interest: Comparative politics of the Middle East.
thumbnail_Seong-Hoon Cho PictureDr. Seong-Hoon Cho            Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program; Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Fields of Interest: Natural resource and environmental economics, land economics, and spatial economics.
Dr. Mary EnglishDr. Mary English

Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program

Fields of Interest: Energy and environmental policy issues, mechanisms for involving stakeholders in public policy decisions, information-gathering and analytic tools to improve decision-making, and socioeconomic impact assessments.
greeneDr. David L. Greene

Senior Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program

Fields of Interest: Transportation and energy issues, alternative fuels, fuel economy, and costs of oil dependence.
Greening2Dr. Lorna A. Greening

Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program

Fields of Interest: Energy and natural resource economist, greenhouse gas mitigation and regulation policies, and generation technologies.
Joe-Hoagland-profile-picDr. Joe Hoagland
Policy Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program
Fields of Interest: Strategic engagement of stakeholders around various issues including TVA’s energy resources, natural resource stewardship, environmental policy, R&D strategy, and retail regulation.
holladay-634x800Dr. Scott Holladay

Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program

Fields of Interest: International trade and environmental economics.
Dr. Wonjae Hwangface4

Fellow, Global Security Program; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Fields of Interest: International and domestic consequences of globalization, political and economic conditions of foreign policy, politics in the UN, Northeast Asian Politics, and Korean politics.
lariviereDr. Jacob LaRiviere

Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program

Fields of Interest: Environmental economics, industrial organization, microeconomic theory, and applied microeconomics.
mccollumDr. David McCollum

Research Fellow, Energy & Environment Policy Program

Fields of Interest: Techno-economic analysis of advanced energy and transport technologies, and the development and application of energy-economic and integrated assessment models.
Dr. John NoltDr. John Nolt

Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program; Professor and Interim Co-Head, Department of Philosophy

Fields of Interest: Environmental ethics, intergenerational ethics, climate ethics, philosophical logic, and formal value theory.
BillParkDr. William Park

Director of Undergraduate Programs; Lindsay Young Fellow

Fields of Interest: Natural resource conservation and environmental policy issues relating to agriculture and rural communities; with emphasis on the potential for application of market-based policy approaches.
PrinsDr. Brandon Prins

Fellow, Global Security Program; Professor, Department of Political Science

Fields of Interest: International relations, foreign policy, military conflict, and global security.
SchebDr. John Scheb

Fellow, Leadership & Governance

Fields of Interest: American government and constitutional law, civil rights and liberties, administrative law,  and judicial process and law in American Society.
shelton1Dr. Robert Shelton

Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy; Research Professor in Economics

Fields of Interest: Energy, economic, and technology policy.
TonnDr. Bruce Tonn

Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program

Fields of Interest: Environmental and energy policy, futures studies, sustainability, climate change, decision-making under uncertainty, technology policy, and computers in society.
DSC_9970-EditDr. Christian Vossler

Fellow, Energy & Environmental Policy Program

Fields of Interest: Environmental economics, public economics, applied econometrics, and experimental economics.
jill.welchDr. Jilleah Welch

Research Associate, Energy & Environmental Policy Program

Fields of Interest: Public finance, economics of education, and environmental economics.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

Dr. Eric KeelsDr. Eric Keels

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Global Security Program

Fields of Interest: Civil war, ethnic violence, election violence, international mediation, peace agreements, resource curse, and conflict management.

Graduate Student Researchers

akins.2016Harrison Akins

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

Fields of Interest: Intra-state conflict, terrorism, minority discrimination, Islamic culture and politics, South Asian politics, and U.S. foreign policy.
Basic Male ProfileAndrew Cox

Masters Candidate, Public Policy and Administration in the Department of Political Science

Basic Female ProfileChrissy Freeland
Masters Candidate, Public Policy and Administration in the Department of Political Science
FullSizeRErik Beuck

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

Fields of Interest: International conflict, terrorism, and political violence.
ErikAaron Gold

PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

Fields of Interest: International relations, interstate conflict, terrorism, mediation, and research methods.
YinanLiuYinan Liu

PhD Candidate, Department of Economics

Fields of Interest: Health and environmental economics.

Staff

headshot1Brandon Buffington

Business Manager

865-974-3831

bbuffing@utk.edu

Kristin_EnglandKristin England

Information Specialist

865-974-3806

kengland@utk.edu

Missy HodgeMissy Hodge

Accounting Specialist

865-974-3786

lhodge@utk.edu

Elizabeth WoodyElizabeth Woody

Office Manager

865-974-0931

ewoody2@utk.edu

 

 


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