- Business of education
- School funding
- State policy
- Teacher recruitment and retention
Bruce Baker’s areas of research are education finance and the economics of education. He has studied teacher and administrator labor markets and preparation pipelines, as well as evolving legal issues in teacher and principal evaluation systems. He has written extensively on issues concerning educational equity and adequacy and has testified as an expert witness on issues surrounding school funding equity in state and federal courts in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and, currently, Connecticut and New York. His current interest in research is in making research accessible to policy makers. Baker teaches courses in data analysis at the doctoral level, in school finance at the master’s and doctoral level and education law at the master’s level. He was recently ranked among the most influential scholars nationally in education policy by Education Next.