The Baker Institute for Public Policy provides meaningful policy analysis on the most critical challenges facing Texas, the U.S. and the world.

Our mission is to:

  1. Conduct rigorous, data-driven research on critical foreign and domestic issues.
  2. Offer essential data and nonpartisan analysis to inform policymaking.
  3. Convene productive discourse among public and private sector leaders.
  4. Train the next generation of policy researchers and leaders.

The Baker Institute for Public Policy is a non-profit, nonpartisan policy research organization based at Rice University in Houston, Texas.


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Our strong reputation of excellence has brought us to the top of the world rankings among university-affiliated think tanks.

Our Experts

The Baker Institute is home to more than 200 leading experts from academia, the private sector and government hailing from all over the world. Our fellows provide the highest quality research and analysis on critical foreign and domestic public policy issues.

Our Research

Our areas of study reflect our comparative advantages in geography, expertise and ability to add value. We study critical topics in foreign and domestic policy, including issues related to economics and finance, energy, health and science, presidential elections and more. Our range of expertise allows for interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers.

Our Centers and Programs

The leaders of our centers and programs help shape our research agenda and maintain the academic integrity of the Baker Institute’s contributions.

Our Leadership

Ambassador David M. Satterfield is the Director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy. The Honorable Linnet Deily is the Chair of the Board of Advisors.

Our History

The Baker Institute was founded by Rice University in 1993 — the culmination of a long-standing relationship between the Baker family and Rice University. It is named for Secretary James A. Baker, III. In our 30-year history, we have earned a reputation for providing trusted, data-driven research on critical foreign and domestic policy issues.