Baker Institute ranked among world’s top 25 think tanks

David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Baker Institute ranked among world’s top 25 think tanks

HOUSTON – (Jan. 24, 2013) – Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is ranked No. 21 – up from No. 24 in 2011 – among the top think tanks in the United States, according to the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s (TTCSP) 2012 survey at the University of Pennsylvania. The new rankings were published this week.

The Baker Institute is also one of only 10 U.S. university-affiliated think tanks ranked among the top 20 in the world; it rose to No. 13 in 2012 from No. 17 in 2011. The institute was also highly ranked No. 6 among energy and resource policy think tanks.

“Poised to celebrate its 20th year, Rice University’s Baker Institute has once again been ranked among the very top U.S. and global think tanks,” said Baker Institute Founding Director Edward Djerejian. “With this gratifying news, we look forward to expanding our research programs and continuing to provide relevant analysis and recommendations to decision-makers in the public and private sectors on domestic and international policy issues.”

Most recently, the Baker Institute expanded its energy program and created a new Center for Energy Studies (CES) in October. The new center provides policymakers, corporate leaders and the public with quality, data-driven analysis of issues that influence energy markets. CES provides a nonpartisan voice to issues that are often politically divisive.

The TTCSP produces the annual Global Go-To Think Tank Index that ranks the world’s leading think tanks with the help of a panel of more than 1,950 peer institutions and experts from the print and electronic media, academia, public and private donor institutions and policymakers.

According to James McGann, director of the TTCSP, 6,603 think tanks from 182 countries were invited to participate in the process, and a total of 1,647 think tanks were nominated.

To download a PDF of the TTCSP report, visit The Rice University YouTube video on this rankings announcement is available by going to


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Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, 

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Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.