"Baker received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, where she studied U.S. political and women’s history. She is currently completing a history of campaign finance, The American Political Industry, which tells the story of party finance and organization from the beginning of mass political parties to 2004. Before coming to Columbus in 2002, Baker served as a Special Assistant and a contractor with the Employment and Training Administration at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC. She was previously an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh and an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has written on women, gender, and politics, notably in The Moral Frameworks of Public Life (Oxford, 1991) and “The Domestication of Politics: Women and American Political Society, 1780-1920” (American Historical Review, 1984). She is the editor of a collection of essays on campaign finance, co-editor of Recent Problems in American History Since 1945, and author of the chapters covering the years 1860 to 1914 in The Empire State, A History of New York (2001). She has written numerous essays for academic journals and for three years edited Social Science History. She is on the board of New York State History, has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of American History and Historical Methods, and is a founding editor of a series on political history for Johns Hopkins University Press. Baker has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center and was the recipient of an American Association of University Women fellowship. She and her husband, Stephen Thomas, live in Columbus with bipartisan dogs, Chester Alan Arthur and Louis McHenry Howe, and two cats that adamantly refuse to answer to any names. "