Keith Michael Baker is Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History at Stanford University. He has been named Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society.
He won in 2014 the American Historical Association lifetime achievement award.
He is involved at Stanford in the Digital Humanities project “Writing Rights” to visualise the evolution of ideas that inform the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, and in a project on the Digital Encyclopédie.
Political culture of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution
Condorcet. From Natural Philosophy to Social Mathematics, University of Chicago Press, 1975; paperback ed., 1982.
Inventing the French Revolution : Essays on French Political Culture in the Eighteenth Century, Cambridge University Press, 1990. Partial translation in French : Au tribunal de l’opinion. Essais sur l'imaginaire politique au XVIIIe siècle, Payot, 1993.
Scripting Revolution, co-ed Dan Edelstein, Stanford University Press, 2015.
Marat offers a compelling intellectual challenge: how to make sense of his ideas, his actions, his immense influence, and his still iconic status as one of the most radical and bloodthirsty leaders of the French Revolution. My aim is to contextualize the languages he used to express his sense of self, diagnose his world, and frame his goals, and to analyze their implications and force in relationship to the available discourses of his time. I aim to write a “Marat” consonant with a discursive approach to the study of political culture and attuned to contemporary interest in the genealogy of terror.