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Our response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Baker Institute's Coronavirus Response

“As our civilization approaches a turning point it is our collective responsibility to take on the momentous challenge of COVID-19 by guiding our leaders toward wisdom and resilience. Only then will we turn a crisis into an opportunity and emerge a stronger family of nations.”

— Amb. Edward P. Djerejian
Director, Rice University's Baker Institute


The Baker Institute is working closely with Rice University to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our community. The health and safety of our guests and staff remain our top priority. Baker Hall is open to accommodate students and instructors with classes in the building, but most fellows, scholars, researchers and administrative staff members continue to work remotely. Please refer to the Rice University Crisis Management information page for more details and updates. In addition, a director's message from Ambassador Djerejian is available here.

We hope to see you at the Baker Institute when it is safe to resume our activities. Thank you for your continued support.

Related Research and Events

The Baker Institute continues to analyze and address critical policy issues as the COVID-19 pandemic moves into its second year. With a deep bench of experts in areas such as energy, health policy, science & technology, and economics, we are well-positioned to provide fact-based, results-oriented research that informs policymakers and the public alike. Follow the links below to learn more.

Webinars and Podcasts

Each week, the Baker Institute offers free webinars and podcasts on a range of issues, from tracking the spread of COVID-19 to the pandemic's impact on the national debt. In addition, the Center for Energy Studies is producing a special series of weekly webinars on rapidly changing developments in the energy sector.

For a full list of all scheduled webinars to date, please see our events page. Our "Policy Matters" podcasts are available here


Webinar: Long-term Economic Impact of the Pandemic

The pandemic has adversely affected nearly every factor determining long-term macroeconomic growth, including education, immigration and the U.S. fiscal outlook. How will the economy evolve in the years to come?  

Watch the webinar


Webinar: Overcoming Public Distrust in Science

2020 demonstrated how distrust in science affected the U.S. response to both climate change and COVID-19. At this event, scientist Katharine Hayhoe discussed her work to bridge the cultural and political divide on serious, fact-based ecological and public health problems.


Baker Institute experts are producing a steady stream of reports and blogs in response to the ongoing outbreak. Recent publications include a look at how the pandemic has affected unemployment benefit policies and the transition to a cashless society, as well as a book on preventing the next outbreak. 

Visit the Baker Institute research library and blog for our coronavirus-related work, and much more.


Texas Can't Afford to Pass on Medicaid Expansion

The COVID-19 outbreak brought a stark reminder of the barriers to health care in underserved and uninsured populations. In Texas, one million people could gain access to coverage if state lawmakers vote to expand Medicaid, writes nonresident fellow Elena Marks. Read her op-ed to learn why Texas can't afford to wait.

Read more


Pandemics and the Destruction of Nature 

Faculty scholar Ted Temezelides draws links between pandemics, the economy and nature, showing that policies that reduce the probability of future pandemics are a solid investment.

Read more

In the News

The institute continues to lend a strong voice in local, national and international media outlets to help explain the numerous impacts and policy challenges caused by the pandemic. Our fellows and scholars have shared their expertise in hundreds of print, television and online stories. Check out our “Experts in the News” page for links to some of their interviews or follow us on Twitter for real-time updates.

Support the Baker Institute

Baker Institute experts are defining and addressing the critical issues challenging our health, economy and society and are providing data-driven policy solutions to assist in our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Your generous support helps us continue our valuable work.

Consider joining the Roundtable or making a general donation. If you are interested in making a more significant investment in the Baker Institute or hold specific interest in any of our centers or programs, please contact Leah Gross, director of development, at or 713.348.2977.