Research Interests: History of neoliberalism; privatization of science; history of postwar human and social sciences; history of philosophy of science; 20th century American intellectual and political history.
Erik Baker’s research focuses on the ideological and methodological consequences of changes in the institutional and financial organization of science during the late twentieth century, coincident with the rise of neoliberalism in American society. In particular, he is interested in the emergence of dedicated scientific think tanks and the role of privatization in reshaping the political and epistemological implications of the human and social sciences in America since 1970. Two such sciences that Erik is especially interested in are systems theory and the social study of science itself.
Before arriving at Harvard, Erik graduated from Northwestern University, where he studied mathematics, earth science, and science studies.