Rutgers professor to talk about presidential election at synagogue

Posted Aug. 02, 2012, at 2:13 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Ross K. Baker, a member of the political science department of Rutgers University and the Board of Contributors of USA Today, will talk about the upcoming U.S. presidential election at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, 50 Willow St.

A nationally recognized authority on the U.S. Congress, Baker was a research associate at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., before joining the Rutgers faculty in 1968. He earned his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Baker is regularly featured on National Public Radio’s news program “All Things Considered” and is a frequent contributor to the editorial pages of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. His commentaries have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer.

On successive sabbatical leaves starting in 1975, Baker served on the staffs of Sens. Walter F. Mondale, Birch Bayh and Frank Church; as a consultant to the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982-83; and as a senior adviser to Sens. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, in 2000 and Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, in 2004.

Most recently (2008 and 2012), Baker was scholar-in-residence in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada. In 1992, Baker was a Fulbright Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs in Stockholm.

His books include “The Afro-American,” “Friend and Foe in the U.S. Senate,” “The New Fat Cats” and “House and Senate.” He also co-authored “American Government.”

For information, call the synagogue at 594-4523 or email yoshuron@midcoast.com.

 

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