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Meet the Staff


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.

Jay Cooley

Jay Cooley

Business Manager
Jay Cooley is the Business Manager and manages all financial aspects of the Baker Center. He joined the Baker Center in May 2014. Previously, he worked in UT’s Sponsored Projects Accounting department as an accountant from November 2011 to April 2014. Prior to UT, his background consists of public accounting with an emphasis in auditing and restaurant operations management.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University of Akron
Bachelor of Business Administration-Finance, University of Memphis

Contact Information

jcooley5@utk.edu
T: 865-974-0158

Nissa Dahlin-Brown

Associate Director
EdD, Higher Education Administration and Policy Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dr. Dahlin-Brown develops and manages all public programs and related initiatives, student engagement programs, communications, promotion, and oversees the facility. She joined the Baker Center as assistant director in July 2003. Previously, she worked in the UT Division of Continuing Education, Conferences and Non-Credit Programs, as a program coordinator and assistant director from 1984 to 2003.

Research Interests

Education policy, women and leadership, civic engagement and service learning, education rankings

Selected Publications

“Women Leaders on Leadership,” Knoxville Business Journal, July 2011.
With Robert Kronick and Gavin Luter, “Revitalizing the Land Grant Mission in the South: One University’s Path to Civic Engagement via Community Schools” in Exploring Cultural Dynamics & Tensions within Service Learning, T. Stewart & N Webster (ed.), Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, NC, 2011.
With Robert Kronick, “Collaboration and Prevention: Looking Back on Eleven Years of a University Assisted Community School”, Universities & Community Schools, University of Pennsylvania, June 2010.
“The Perceptual Impact of U.S. News & World Report Rankings on Eight Public MBA Programs” in the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education in 2006.

Contact Information

Nissa Dahlin-Brown
1640 Cumberland Ave.
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-8681
nissa@utk.edu

Kristin_England

Kristin England

Information Specialist
Kristin England is the Information Specialist for the Baker Center (25%) and the Institute for Nuclear Security (75%). She joined the Baker Center and the INS in March 2015. Kristin’s primary responsibility is the dissemination of information and events for the Baker Center and the Institute for Nuclear Security.
Kristin began working for the University of Tennessee in 1991 as the Principle Secretary for the Tennessee LRE for LIFE Project through the College of Education Special Services Education. She worked as the Principle Secretary for the Child Development Lab (now known as the Early Learning Center) for 6 years. In May of 1998, Kristin moved to the Department of Nuclear Engineering in the College of Engineering as the Communications Specialist/Administrative Specialist I.

Education

Kristin received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, College of Communications and Information, University of Tennessee in December 2015.

Contact Information

Kristin England
1640 Cumberland Ave., Suite 316
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-3806
kengland@utk.edu

Dr. Matt Murray

Matthew N. Murray

Director, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
Associate Director,  Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research
PhD, Economics, Syracuse University
Dr. Murray holds a joint appointment with the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and the Department of Economics at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  He is responsible for implementing the mission and vision of the Baker Center. Dr. Murray has worked closely with state and local governments on a wide range of public policy issues including economic development incentives and economic/fiscal impact analysis.

Research Interests

Public finance and public policy, state and local tax policy, education finance, tax compliance, and regional economic development.

Selected Publications

An Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee (short-term and long-term economic forecast), Project Director, 1996-present.
Tennessee Economic Overview.  Monthly economic indicator series for Tennessee and its metropolitan areas, Project Director, June 1994-present.
“Entity Taxation of the Business Enterprise” (with LeAnn Luna and Zhou Yang), Robert Ebel and John Peterson, eds.,Handbook on State and Local Government Finance, Oxford University Press, 2012.
“The Effects of State Tax Structure on Business Organizational Form” (with LeAnn Luna).  National Tax Journal, LXIII (2010):995-1021.
“Can States and Localities Export Their Tax Burdens?”  State Tax Notes 51 No. 1 (January 5, 2009): 25-30.

Contact Information

Matthew Murray
1640 Cumberland Ave.
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-6098
mmurray1@utk.edu

William ParkBillPark

Director of Undergraduate Programs Lindsay Young Fellow

PhD, Agricultural Economics, Virginia Tech
Bill Park is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. In his part-time role with the Baker Center, Dr. Park coordinates the academic affairs of the Baker Scholars Program and Baker Center Living Learning Community. In particular, he will focus on assisting Baker Scholars in development of their research project and identification of a faculty mentor as well as pursuant of opportunities to enrich their experience through activities such as workshops, internships and study abroad.

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

Explaining Rural Household Participation in Recycling
Jakus, P. M., K. H. Tiller and W. M. Park
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 29(1):141-148, July 1997

Household Willingness to Pay for Drop-Off Recycling
Tiller, K. H., P. M. Jakus and W. M. Park
Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 22(2):310-320, 1997 (December).

The Growing Role of Land Trusts in Protection of Agricultural and Open Space Land at the Rural-Urban Interface Park, W. M. in Southern Perspectives Newsletter, 5:1, Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State University, 2001 (Summer)
Complete information here http://economics.ag.utk.edu/park.html

Contact Information

Bill Park
321A Morgan Hall
2621 Morgan Circle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-7473
Fax: 865-974-7484
wpark@utk.edu

Charles Sims

Faculty Fellow
Dr. Sims holds a joint appointment with the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the Department of Economics at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Research Interests

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, computable general equilibrium.

Selected Publications

Sims, C. 2013. Influencing Natural Forest Disturbance Through Timber Harvesting: Tradeoffs Among Disturbance Processes, Forest Values, and Timber Condition. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 95(4): 992-1008.
Sims, C. and D. Finnoff. 2013. When is a “wait and see” approach to invasive species justified? Resource and Energy Economics 35(3): 235-255.
Sims, C., D. Aadland, D. Finnoff, J. Powell. 2013. How Ecosystem Service Provision Can Increase Forest Mortality from Insect Outbreaks. Land Economics 89(1): 154-176.
Sims, C. 2013. Hypothetical Market Familiarity and the Disconnect Between Stated and Observed Values for Green Energy. International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy 3(1): 10-19.

Contact Information

Charles Sims
1640 Cumberland Ave
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3340
865-974-3825
cbsims@utk.edu

jill.welchJilleah Welch

Research Associate
Dr. Welch joined the Baker Center in November 2015. She graduated with a PhD in Economics from the University of Tennessee in 2015. Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Public Finance, Economics of Education, Environmental Economics

Selected Publications

Welch, Jilleah G. (2014). HOPE for Community College Students: The Impact of Merit Aid on Persistence, Graduation, and Earnings. Economics of Education Review, 43, 1-20.

Contact Information

Jilleah Welch
1640 Cumberland Ave.
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-0931
jgwelch@utk.edu

wiegandKrista E. Wiegand

Faculty Fellow
Dr. Wiegand holds a joint appointment with the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the Department of Political Science at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Wiegand, Krista E. 2011. Enduring Territorial Disputes: Strategies of Bargaining, Coercive Diplomacy, and Settlement, Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press, Studies in Security and International Affairs Series
Wiegand, Krista E. 2010. Bombs and Bullets: Governance by Islamic Terrorist and Guerrilla Groups, Burlington, VT: Ashgate
Wiegand, Krista E. 2015. “The Korean-Japanese Security Relationship and the Dokdo Islets Dispute,” The Pacific Review, vol. 28, no. 3, p. 347-366
Wiegand, Krista E. 2014. “Mediation in Territorial Disputes,” International Negotiation: A Journal of Theory and Practice, vol. 19, no. 2, p. 343-370
Powell, Emilia Justyna and Krista E. Wiegand. 2014. “Strategic Selection: Political and Legal Mechanisms of Territorial Dispute Resolution,” with Emilia Justyna Powell, Journal of Peace Research, vol. 51, no. 3, p. 361-374
Wiegand, Krista E. 2011. “Militarized Territorial Disputes: States’ Attempts to Transfer Reputation for Resolve,” Journal of Peace Research, vol. 48, no. 1, p. 101-113

Contact Information

Dr. Krista E. Wiegand
1640 Cumberland Ave
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3340
865-974-0969
kwiegand@utk.edu@utk.edu

Elizabeth Woody

Office Manager
Elizabeth joined the Baker Center as Office Manager in July 2012. She handles all facility reservations and provides event support and management. She previously worked in the UT English Language Institute and before that in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, Development Office.  A native of New Orleans, Elizabeth has been at UT since 2008.

Contact Information

Elizabeth Woody
1640 Cumberland Ave.
Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996
865-974-0931
ewoody2@utk.edu


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