Zeke Baker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Professor Zeke Baker
Zeke Baker, Ph.D.


Schulz 2055C

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2:30 pm-4:00 pm
2:30 pm-4:00 pm

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Ph.D., Sociology, University of California-Davis 
MA, Sociology, University of California-Davis 
BA, Sociology and Urban Studies, Wheaton College

Zeke Baker CV

Academic Interests

Environmental Sociology, Science & Technology Studies, Political Sociology


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. He is also presently studying the historical relationship between colonial exploitation in the Bering Sea and in California's San Francisco Bay Area.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Baker, Zeke and Stephen E. Fick. 2022. “Loving It to Death: Land Use Conflict, Outdoor Recreation and the Contradictions of Wilderness in Southeast Utah, USA.” Environmental Sociology 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/23251042.2022.2042889

Baker, Zeke and Hunter Gehlbach. 2022. “Policy Forum: Teaching Environmentalism on a Warming Planet.” History of Education Quarterly 62(1): 107-119. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/heq.2021.56

Hall, John R. and Zeke Baker. 2021. “Climate Change Apocalypse and the Future of Salvation.” In: Sandra Kemp Jenny Andersson (eds.) Futures. London: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198806820.001.0001

Baker, Zeke. 2021. “Anticipatory Culture: Weather, Climate, and Temporal Dissonance in the Bering Sea.” Weather, Climate & Society 13 (783-795). doi: 10.1175/WCAS-D-21-0066.1.

Baker, Zeke. 2021. “Agricultural Capitalism, Climatology and the ‘Stabilization’ of Climate in the United States, 1850–1920.” The British Journal of Sociology 72(2):379–96. doi: 10.1111/1468-4446.12762

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2020.102074.

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. https://doi.org/10.1017/ssh.2017.51.

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/23251042.2018.1455123

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. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0306312717725205.