David Baker

David Baker

Professor of Sociology, Education, and Demography

300 Rackley Building
University Park , PA 16802
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Office Phone: (814) 863-0955

Biography:

Research Interests

I have a broad research program on the impact of the worldwide education revolution’s impact on the historical rise of postindustrial society and global development.  Specifically this includes influence of education on health, mortality, and related population dynamics, as well on the development of the knowledge society and science productivity.  I am also interested in testing theory about the emergence and impact of social institutions, the formation of cultural forces, and how human society sustains itself.

Current Research Projects

I currently lead a range of projects (with a range of methods) with students and colleagues on the effects of education on: historically growing cognitive skills in populations; transformation of occupations; health risk behaviors in terms of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, smoking in the U.S. and China, and obesity in Latin American; development of images of the global society; and, technological adaptation across 63 nations.  Two new projects include a randomized clinical trial intervention on education and public health messages, and an analysis of the global role of the university in scientific knowledge production over the 20th century.

Research Interests:

Cross-national research, education as an institution, schooling effects on health, development of the university in society

Research Interests:

Demography:

worldwide education revolution’s impact on the historical rise of postindustrial society and global development

Social Inequality:

Macrostructural, comparative

Social Institutions and Culture:

Knowledge society, education, occupations

Health and Life Course:

cognitive skills, health risk behaviors, schooling effects on health