Paul Manuel Aviles Baker

Senior Director of Research and Strategic Innovation, Center for Advanced Communications Policy

Member Of:
  • Center for Advanced Communications Policy
  • School of Public Policy
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Paul M.A. Baker, Ph.D., is the Senior Director, Research and Strategic Innovation at the Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), and Chief Operating Officer, Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT). He is also a Principal Research Scientist with the School of Public Policy. Previously he was the Associate Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U). Aside from exploring the diffusion innovation and policy in IoT, recent research projects include innovation driven workforce development, mapping the role of intermediaries in innovation networks, usability of voting technologies, implementation of accessible technologies. His work in policy studies include barriers to the adoption of wireless technologies by people with disabilities, teleworking and people with disabilities; social media innovation, online collaboration and virtual communities. He is also involved in international policy research and collaborative policy networks, especially as it relates to issues of technology and usability policy, workforce development and innovation diffusion.

Baker holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Emory University, M.P. in Urban Planning from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University. He has served on a variety of national boards and panels, and as a grant proposal reviewer for U.S. Department of Education, the Academy of Finland, the Israel Science Foundation, and the NTIA, US Department of Commerce. He serves also on editorial boards and as a reviewer for 15 journals. His co-edited (with Jarice Hanson and Jeremy Hunsinger) volume, “The Unconnected: Social Justice, Participation, and Engagement in the Information Society” was published in 2013. 

  • Ph.D., George Mason University, Public Policy
  • M.T.S., Emory University, Theological Studies
  • M.A., George Mason University, International Commerce and Policy
  • M.P., University of Virginia, Urban Planning
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin, Zoology
Areas of
  • Disability Policy
  • Information And Communications Technology Policy
  • Innovation Networks
  • Social Media
  • Usability/Accessibility
  • Virtual Collaboration
  • Virtual Community
  • Workforce Development


Research Fields:
  • Digital Media
  • Emerging Technology and Security
  • Global Cities and Urban Society
  • Information and Communications Technology Policy
  • S&E Organizations, Education, Careers and Workforce
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
  • Europe
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • North America
  • South America
  • United States
  • Aging
  • Communication
  • Communication Policy
  • Community engagement
  • Diffusion of Technology
  • Digital and Mixed Media
  • Disability
  • Education Policy
  • Emerging Technologies - Innovation
  • Governance
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • Innovation
  • International Collaboration and Partnership Development
  • Internet Studies
  • Perspectives on technology
  • Religion and Politics
  • Technology
  • Technology Management and Policy
  • Usability

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