John Carl Baker

Mellon-ACLS Fellow
Washington, DC

John Carl Baker is the Mellon-ACLS Public Fellow at Ploughshares Fund, where he works as Political Engagement Strategist. During his two-year tenure at Ploughshares Fund, John will explore the intersection of social justice and nuclear disarmament, and examine the feasibility of localized campaigns against nuclear weapons. As part of the program team, John works primarily on North Korea-related grantmaking.

John holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University and an MA in American Studies from the University of South Florida. His works of commentary and analysis have appeared in New Republic, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, National Interest, and other publications. He lives in the DC suburbs.

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Recent content

Interview: Dr. Vincent Intondi

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

April 28, 2017 - By John Carl Baker
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 shows...

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