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Natalie D. Baker

Assistant Professor

  • Ph.D. Planning, Policy and Design, University of California, Irvine (2013)
  • M.S. International Development, Tulane University (2005)
  • M.S.P.H. Tropical Medicine, Tulane University (2003)
  • B.S. Psychology, University of Central Florida (2000)

Areas of Expertise:
Critical Security Studies, Interpretive Research Methods, War/Conflict Work and Communication Technology, Social Construction of and Response to Threat


Natalie D. Baker was an assistant professor in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has conducted a number of research projects focused on security issues broadly, ranging from the Ebola scare in the U.S. to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Her work rests in the intersections of security, sociology, science and technology studies, media studies, and critical theory. Current projects include research on how sociotechnical imaginations of distant evils carried out through communicative media become legitimized as existential threat. Here, she uses the cases of the Islamic State and Mexican drug cartels to argue that counterterror and terror have become co-productive of one another. Another study focuses on understanding the creation of social order in conflict contexts by 'war-workers' (e.g. journalists, humanitarians, and soldiers), and the privilege of working in war. Ultimately, she is interested in the nature of social order and how it is enacted, transmitted and understood in hostile environments.

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