Professor Zeke Baker

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • PhD, Sociology, University of California-Davis
  • MA, Sociology, University of California-Davis
  • BA, Sociology and Urban Studies, Wheaton College

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Areas of Expertise:

Zeke Baker works in the areas of Environmental Sociology, Science & Technology Studies, and Political Sociology, primarily using historical-comparative and qualitative methods. Through teaching and research, Zeke works to build an inclusive intellectual community that can understand and confront problems at the intersection of society and the environment. Outside of the classroom, he is driven to integrate student learning in sociology with individual-level mentorship and involvement in empirical research.

Zeke’s primary research centers around explaining the development and use of climate and related sciences. He is particularly interested in how knowledge gets embedded in social relationships of power, a topic taken up in his primary book project, Governing Climate. His work is often interdisciplinary, especially by bringing social analysis together with physical science. He is presently working with meteorologists at the National Weather Service-Alaska Region to improve weather forecasting by taking into account how people in the Bering Sea region make weather-dependent decisions under conditions of uncertainty and environmental change.

Courses Offered:

  • SOCI 328: Sociology of the Environment
  • SOCI 375: Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 380: Political Sociology 

Selected Publications

  • Baker, Zeke. 2020. “Agricultural Capitalism, Climatology and the ‘Stabilization’ of Climate in the United States, 1850–1920. British Journal of Sociology 00: 1–18.
  • Baker, Zeke, Julia A. Ekstrom, Kelsey D. Meagher, Benjamin L. Preston, and Louise Bedsworth. 2020. “The Social Structure of Climate Change Research and Practitioner Engagement: Evidence from California.” Global Environmental Change 63: 102074.
  • Baker, Zeke. 2019. “Three Propositions Toward a Cultural Sociology of Climate Change.” Pp. 95-103 in Hall, John R., Ming-Cheng Lo, and Laura Grindstaff (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Cultural Sociology. New York: Routledge.
  • Baker, Zeke. 2018. “Meteorological Frontiers: Climate Knowledge, the West, and US Statecraft, 1800-1850.” Social Science History 42(4): 731-761.
  • Baker, Zeke, Julia Ekstrom and Louise Bedsworth. 2018. “Climate Information? Embedding Climate Futures within Temporalities of California Water Management.” Environmental Sociology 4(4): 419-433.
  •  Baker, Zeke. 2017. “Climate State: Science-State Struggles and the Formation of Climate Science in the US from the 1930s to 1960s.” Social Studies of Science 47(6): 861-887.