• Ross K. Baker
  • Ross K. Baker
  • Distinguished Professor
  • Subfield: American Politics
  • Office: Hickman Hall 412
  • Phone: 848-932-9463
  • News Items Referenced:
  • Ross Baker in USA Today: Be Careful What You Wish for, GOP
  • Specialties:

    Congressional Politics Senate American Governmental Institutions Political Elites

  • Graduate Content:
  • Program in American Politics
  • Bio:

    Ross K. Baker, Professor, received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a research Associate at the Brookings Institution before joining the Rutgers faculty. Professor Baker’s fields of interest are: American Government and U.S. Legislative Politics.

    He is the author of following books: “The Afro-American; “American Government” with Gerald Pomper and W. Carey McWiliams: “Friend and Foe in the U.S. Senate”(Free Press), “The New Fat Cats”(Brookings); “House and Senate”and “Strangers on a Hill”(W.W. Norton); and “Is Bipartisanship Dead?”(Paradigm) He was contributing editor to American Demographics, a member of the editorial board of Polity, and is currently a Member of the Board of Contributors of USA Today.

    Professor was a Fulbright Lecturer at the Swedish Insitute of International Relations in Stockholm and served as guest editor of its journals Internationella Studier and Varldspolitikens Dagsfragor. He was Visiting Professor at Haverford College in 1992 and Visiting Professor at the University of Leipzig (Germany) in 2000.

    He served as a consultant to the Democratic caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives and senior advisor to Senators Patrick J. Leahy [D-VT] and Chuck Hagel [R-NE]. In 2008, 2012, he was Scholar in Residence in the Office of the Democratic Leader of the U.S. Senate and will serve in that capacity against in 2016. 

  • Teaching:

    790:104 Introduction to American Government
    790:304 Congressional Politics
    790:395 Seminar on the Politics of Occupation in WWII

  • Publications:


    • The Afro-American (Van Nostrand, 1970)
    • Friend and Foe in the U.S. Senate (The Free Press, 1980 and Copley, 2000)
    • The New Fat Cats (Brookings, 1989)
    • House and Senate (W.W.Norton, 1989, 1995, and 2000)
    • Strangers on a Hill (W.W. Norton, 2007)
    • co-authored American Government (1983 and 1987)
    • Is Bipartisanship Dead? (Paradigm, Forthcoming)

    Articles have appeared in: Orbis, American Politics Quarterly, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.

    He is a member of the Board of Contributors of USA Today and a frequent commentator on the national Public Radio Programs All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and Marketplace. In 2008 and 2012 he was Scholar-in-Residence in the Office of the Majority Leader of the United States Senate.

  • Research:

    American Politics