John Carl Baker

Mellon-ACLS Fellow
San Francisco, CA

John Carl Baker is the Mellon-ACLS Public Fellow at the Ploughshares Fund, where he holds the title of Political Engagement Strategist. During his two-year tenure at Ploughshares, John will lay the groundwork for a cultural disarmament strategy and examine the feasibility of localized campaigns against nuclear weapons.

John holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University and an MA in American Studies from the University of South Florida. He has presented research at numerous academic conferences, including the annual meetings of the Cultural Studies Association, the Labor and Working Class History Association, and the American Comparative Literature Association. His current book project examines the intersection between late Cold War disarmament culture and the transition to neoliberalism in the United States. He splits his time between San Francisco and the DC suburbs.

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Recent content

Culture, North Korea and Nuclear Impasse

At Ploughshares Fund, we support emergent expert voices as a way of injecting fresh ideas into nuclear security and educating the public about nuclear weapons. As part of that commitment, we are beginning a new interview series in which up-and-coming researchers, particularly in the humanities...

February 3, 2017 - By John Carl Baker
Ploughshares Fund Request for Proposals

On January 20, a new US president took office in Washington, DC. In the coming months the United States will face urgent challenges related to proliferation, arsenal modernization, and heightened nuclear risk, yet the new administration’s priorities on nuclear security remain largely unknown....

January 26, 2017 - By John Carl Baker
Arms Control in the Age of Trump: Lessons from the Nuclear Freeze Movement

At this very moment, the United States and Russia are locked in a nuclear embrace. Our collective fates — and those of the rest of the world — are entangled in a mesh of ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines, and strategic bombers. Together, the US and Russia control more than 90% of the world...

December 14, 2016 - By John Carl Baker
Beyond Clinton or Trump: Nuclear Weapons and Democracy

In November, US citizens will head to the ballot box to elect a new president - yet among the American populace, the necessity of elections is increasingly up for debate. Data from the World Values Survey ...

September 27, 2016 - By John Carl Baker
The Mixed Legacy of Virtual Nuclear Weapons Testing

Today is the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, a day established by the UN to raise awareness of the dire impact of nuclear testing and the need for all states to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Banning testing...

August 29, 2016 - By John Carl Baker