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Professor Bernadette Baker

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Professor Bernadette Baker


Curriculum and Instruction (CI)

464-a Teacher Education Building  binoculars icon
225 N Mills St
Madison, WI 53706-1707
Office: 608/263-4657

bbaker@education.wisc.edu

Personal Biography

Professor in Curriculum Studies and Global Studies, and Director of Graduate Programs; affiliated with several centers, including East Asian Studies, South Asia Studies, European studies, Institute for Regional and International Studies, the Robert F. & Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology studies, and the Public Humanities.


Education

Ph D, Curriculum and Instruction
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

M.Ed.,
Deakin University
Geelong, Australia

Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (Education), History
University of Queensland
Brisbane, Australia


Teaching Interests

Baker enjoys teaching and is particularly aware of and sensitive to the challenges of be marginalized within and outside the classroom, of being an international student in the United States (having been one myself), and is dedicated to sharing the exciting possibilities that new theoretical frameworks present for opening new worlds. Baker has worked in a variety of institutional contexts, including as a Professor of Sociology of Education, University of Turku, Finland, as an Honorary Professor of Humanities, University of Copenhagen Denmark, as a Visiting Professor, Globalization Studies, Zhejiang University, China, and as a Professor of Education Research, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Program and Curriculum Development

  • Baker, B.M.
    Title: Director of Graduate Education for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction
    Date(s): 2017
    Type: Program Development
    New or Revised: New

  • Baker, B.M.
    Title: Curriculum Studies and Global Studies
    Date(s): 1999
    Type: Curriculum Development
    New or Revised: Revised

Research Interests

Baker's previous projects have focused on analytics of power, constructions of the child, genealogies of genius, the racialization of ability and mental measurement, and the problematization of a religion-science-nation-west nexus in the making of Anglophone social sciences and empires. Current projects extend interests in non-essentialist and post-foundationalist approaches, including epistemologies labeled non-Western, cosmologies informing complementary integrative health modalities, and education's present-future problems and possibilities in light of artificial intelligence, big data, educational neuroscience, and contemplative practices.

Publications

  • Baker, B.M. (2018). ‘The anatomy of our discontent’: From braining the mind to mindfulness for teachers. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.
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  • Baker, B.M. (2017). The hunt for disability: The new eugenics and the normalization of schoolchildren. World Yearbook in Education 2017: Assessment Inequalities.
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  • Baker, B.M. (2017). To show is to know? Conceptions of evidence and discourses of vision in social science and education Research. Curriculum Inquiry.
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  • Baker, B.M. (2016). An encounter with an encounter: Truth, evidence and reality in crossborder moments. Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies.
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  • Baker, B.M. (2016). Child. Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory.
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  • Baker, B.M. (2015). From “somatic scandals” to “a constant potential for violence”? The culture of dissection, brain-based learning, and the rewriting/rewiring of “the child.”. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.
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  • Baker, B.M. (2013). The purposes of history? Curriculum studies, invisible objects and twenty-first century societies. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing special edition feature article.
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  • Baker, B.M. (2013). William James, Sciences of Mind, and Anti-imperial Discourse. William James, Sciences of Mind, and Anti-imperial Discourse..
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  • Baker, B.M. Rationality, governmentality, natio(norm)ality? Shaping social science, scientific objects, and the invisible. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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  • Baker, B.M. (2011). Transnational curriculum inquiry: Issues and ethics in the new Millennium. Koulutuspolitiikan käytännöt kansallisessa ja ylikansallisessa kehyksessä..
  • Baker, B.M. (2010). Provincializing curriculum? On the preparation of subjectivity for globality. Curriculum Inquiry.
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  • Baker, B.M. (2010). States of exception and exceptional mental states: The poetics, possibilities and limits of debates over learning disability. Disability Studies Quarterly online.
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  • Baker, B.M. (2010). The unconscious of history? Mesmerism and the production of scientific objects for curriculum historical research. Curriculum studies handbook: The next moment.
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  • Baker, B.M. (2009). Borders, belonging, beyond: New curriculum history. New Curriculum History.
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  • Baker, B.M. (2009). Educational research and strategies of world-forming: The globe, the unconscious, and the child. Australian Educational Researcher.
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  • Baker, B.M. (in press). Activate or evacuate to educate? Roles of a sensorium in ontoepistemologies. The Sensuous Curriculum. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Presentations

  • Baker, B.M. (2012, April 16). AERA Annual Meeting, AERA, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Departmental Service

  • Curriculum Studies Search Committee
  • Committee Chair.

  • Graduate Programs
  • Director.

Public Service

  • Journal of Curriculum & Pedagogy, Editory Board
    Dates of Membership: 2016 - Pres.
  • Editorial Review Board Member.

  • Curriculum Inquiry, Editorial Board
    Dates of Membership: 2015 - Pres.
    Accomplishments: I was invited to the editorial board of this journal in 2008 and am now serving.
  • Editorial Review Board Member.

  • AERA Division B
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - 2013
    Accomplishments: This involves managing the budget for the Division (which I inherited with a deficit), attending to Div B program design and problems that arise, constructing a future vision for Curriculum Studies with the VP and enacting it, attending the annual program mtg and budget report, in addition to the continuous work this Fall of inventing 5 graduate and jnr faculty workshops for Vancouver 2012. The workshops are a major annual Division event and budget commitment and a stellar cast of national and international professors have agreed to co-facilitate them for our next generation of scholars. Organizing this has involved doing everything from selecting the topics, ensuring professors could attend, writing all the letters of offer, descriptions, and website information, advertising the event to multiple domestic and international universities, booking facilities, equipment, restaurants, helping professors plan their workshop sessions, and responding to student inquiries. The time commitment to make something actually appear on the program like this should not be under-estimated.
  • Secrectary.

  • Fulbright Discipline of Education Review Panel
    Dates of Membership: 2011 - 2013
    Accomplishments: One of three professors of education appointed. This entails reading over 40 large files that are like abbreviated tenure cases, writing formal reviews and critiques, rating the contributions to US, the host nation, the field and the candidate, and coordinating them with the other reviewers. It requires a wide intellectual range – everything from engineering, biology, and nursing education to curriculum planning for bilingual education to IT instruction falls under the category “Education.” This requires an intense and large time commitment to learn different subfields, to understand how the criteria for awards differ for different levels of the Fulbright in different countries, and to assess the competency of the applicant in relation to the project proposed. The time commitment and the quality of what I have done here needs to be recognized especially because I think this is something that other faculty in the Dept have not done and is a unique contribution to a program that intersects regularly with our campus.
  • Member.

  • INPE: International Network of Philosophers in Education
    Dates of Membership: 2008 - Pres.
  • Member.

  • NSSA: National Social Science Association
    Dates of Membership: 2005 - Pres.
  • Member.

  • SDS: Society for Disability Studies
    Dates of Membership: 2005 - Pres.
    Accomplishments: I am a member of the only international disability studies organization and participate in its listserv.
  • Member.

  • SSHA: Social Science History Association
    Dates of Membership: 2005 - Pres.
  • Member.

  • AERA Division B4 – Historical and Philosophical Studies in Education
    Dates of Membership: 2005 - 2006
  • Program Chair.

  • AERA - Postcolonial Studies and Education SIG
    Dates of Membership: 2004 - 2007
  • Program Chair.

  • International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, and Practice, Editorial Board
    Dates of Membership: 2003 - Pres.
  • Editorial Review Board Member.

  • International Journal of Inclusive Education, Editorial Board
    Dates of Membership: 2003 - Pres.
  • Editor, Journal Editor.

  • Open Education Review, Edutorial Board
    Dates of Membership: 2003 - Pres.
  • Editorial Review Board Member.

  • Educational Theory, Editorial Board
    Dates of Membership: 2003 - 2009
    Accomplishments: I was invited again to the editorial board of this journal and am now serving.
  • Editorial Review Board Member.

  • Journal for the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, Editorial Board
    Dates of Membership: 2003 - 2008
  • Editorial Review Board Member.

  • American Association for the Advancement of Curriulum Studies, Elected Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2001 - 2007
  • Officer, Secretary.

  • International Association for the Advancement of Curriulum Studies, Elected Committee
    Dates of Membership: 2001 - 2007
  • Officer, Secretary.

  • AERA - Foucault and Education
    Dates of Membership: 2001 - 2004
  • Founder.

Awards and Honors

  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Scope: UW Madison
    Date(s): 2017 - 2019
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Purpose: Scholarship/Research
    Date(s): 2010 - 2015
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2014
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Purpose: Service, Professional
    Description: One of three professors appointed to discipline of education review panel
    Date(s): 2010 - 2013
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Description: Curriculum Studies
    Date(s): 2011
  • Other
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2011
  • Fulbright Fellowship
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2008 - 2009
  • Outstanding Book Award
    Organization: Other
    Date(s): 2005

Memberships

  • American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies
    Scope of Organization: National, Membership Period: March 2000 - 2018
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