Washington College of Law Professor Jonathan Baker Named Chief Economist at FCC

WASHINGTON, DC, July 30, 2009 – American University Washington College of Law Professor Jonathan Baker has been named chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission. He will join the FCC's Office of Strategic Planning.

"We are thrilled that Professor Baker has been appointed to this critical position," said Washington College of Law Dean Claudio Grossman. "His extensive experience in antitrust and economic regulation will greatly enrich the decision making process of the administration."

Baker served as the top economist for the Federal Trade Commission during the Clinton Administration from 1995-1998. In 1999, he joined the faculty at Washington College of Law, where his teaching and scholarship focuses primarily on the areas of antitrust law, law and economics, and economic regulation.

"I am looking forward to working on the fascinating and important communications policy issues addressed by the FCC," said Baker, who also noted that he intends to share his experiences with WCL students once he returns to the classroom.

Baker is the co-author of an antitrust casebook, a past editorial chair of Antitrust Law Journal, and a past member of the council of the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law. He has published widely in the fields of antitrust law and policy and industrial organization economics. In 2004 he received American University's Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Other Professional Accomplishments, and in 1998 he received the Federal Trade Commission's Award for Distinguished Service.

Previously, Baker worked as a senior economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers, special assistant to the deputy assistant attorney general for economics in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, an assistant professor at Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, an attorney advisor to the acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, and an antitrust lawyer in private practice. He has a J.D. and A.B. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.