David Baker

   Curriculum Vitae: David Baker

Areas of Expertise 

  • Comparative and International Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Education Policy and Sociology
  • Schooling, Cognition, and Society

Most Recent Work – Be sure to look for David Baker’s upcoming book The Schooled Society: The Educational Transformation of Global Culture which has a scheduled release date of February 2014.

Professional Experience & Activities

  • Senior Scientist, The Center for the Study of Higher Education, The Pennsylvania State University, 2005-
  • Technical Expert Design Groups, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Cross-national Survey of Teachers and Teaching; and PISA, Paris, 2004-
  • Senior Research Scientist, Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998-
  • Associate Director of the Social Science Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, 2002-2005
  • Chair, Sociology of Education Section, American Sociological Association, 2000-2001
  • Senior Advisor to U.S. Board on International Comparative Studies in Education, National Research Council, Conference on “Next Steps for TIMSS,” 1998
  • Advisor, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Board on Testing and Assessment, National Academies’ Center, Woods Hold, MA, 1997
  • Technical Design Group, National Longitudinal Survey of Schools for Evaluation of New Provisions in Title I, U.S. Department of Education, 1997
  • Secretary/Treasurer of Sociology of Education Section, American Sociological Association.Editorial Board for Teachers College Record, 1995-2001
  • “Committee to Enhance the Profession”, Comparative International Education Society, 1994-95

Honors & Awards

  • 2006 Guest Research Scientist, Institute for Higher Education Research, The Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • 2005-2006 Fulbright New Century Scholar for “Higher Education in the 21st Century: Global Challenge and National Response”
  • 2004-2007 Harry and Marion Eberly Endowed Faculty Fellow in Education
  • 2003-2004 Fulbright Senior Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
  • 2002 Outstanding International Study Award by the American Educational Research Association, SIG on International Studies in Education
  • 1999-2000 Children, Youth, and Families Consortium, The Pennsylvania State University, Faculty Fellowship
  • 2000 Elected to Phi Delta Kappa International Honor Society
  • 1996 Alpha Delta Gamma Outstanding Teacher Award, The Catholic University of America
  • 1992-1994 American Educational Research Association, Senior Fellow to U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics
  • 1990 The German Marshall Fund of the United States Research Fellow
  • 1986-1988 National Academy of Education Spencer Fellow
  • 1985 Max-Planck Institute for Human Development and Education, Berlin, Visiting Research Fellow
  • 1984 Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA, Summer Fellow
  • 1978-1982 National Institute for Mental Health Ph.D. Training Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1982. Sociology.
  • M.S., Boston University, Boston, MA, 1975. Communication Research.
  • B.A., Albion College, Albion, MI, 1974. Social Psychology/Sociology.