Department of Political Science
School of Arts and Sciences
New Brunswick Campus
Politics, national government, Congress, the White House, presidency, New Jersey politics
Ross K. Baker, professor of political science, was a research associate at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. before coming to Rutgers. His books include The Afro-American (Van Nostrand, 1970), Friend and Foe in the U.S. Senate (The Free Press, 1980, and Copley, 1999), The New Fat Cats (Priority Press, 1989), House and Senate (W.W. Norton, 1989, 1995, and 2000). He also co-authored American Government (1983 and 1987). He is a regular contributor to the editorial pages of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday, and his commentaries have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer.
Baker is featured on the National Public Radio program All Things Considered. Baker served on the staffs of Senators Walter F. Mondale, Birch Bayh, and Frank Church, and as a consultant to the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2008 and 2012 he was Scholar-in-Residence in the Office of the Democratic leader of the Senate, Harry Reid. In 2000, he served as a senior adviser to Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) and Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vermont). In 1992, Baker was a Fulbright Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm.
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