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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

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.
MattBuehler-200x300Dr. Matt Buehler                        Fellow, Global Security Policy 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.
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.
VosslerDr. 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
Eric BueckErik 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

jaysmJay Cooley
Business Manager
865-974-0158
jcooley5@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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