The House Professor is the Dean and leader of the House community and provides intellectual and social direction for the House. The House Professor-Dean works in close partnership with the Assistant Dean and the House Council (the student run house-governance structure) in maintaining the welfare of the House community and the well- being of its individual members.
Dr. Ed Baptist teaches in the Department of History here at Cornell. His major teaching areas are in U.S. History, including the history of the Civil War and of American capitalism. Most of his research and writing is on the history of slavery in the U.S. and elsewhere in the Americas. He's published a couple of books and various articles and essays on these areas, and also works on collaborative projects with a network of scholars that stretches from Brazil to the U.S. to Europe.
Dr. Baptist grew up in Durham, North Carolina and graduated from Georgetown University. After finishing a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, he taught at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida before moving to Cornell and the slightly different climate of Ithaca. He deeply appreciates a schizophrenically broad variety of music, sports, hiking, cycling, and ice cream. His two children, Lillian and Ezra, will very soon both be taller than him. Joining them in the House Professor apartment here at Becker House is a very old cat and a rambunctiously friendly dog.