Dr. Nancy Baker is currently the regent’s professor for the department of government at NMSU. She has been an aggie since 1989 after living in New Orleans for 10 years. She completed a lot of her graduate work in New Orleans and focused on Political Science. Her main focuses are on the on the presidency and constitutional law. Aside from teaching, Baker enjoys gardening and hiking around the Organ Mountains. Dr. Baker is also a traveler. She has traveled/lived in about 45 countries. This past spring she was fortunate to teach for a semester in Bratislava, Slovakia. She also enjoys reading. Currently her favorite book is “The Baroque Cycle,” by Neal Stephenson. She favors many quotes and one of them is by Mark Twain: “Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience; this is the ideal life.” Her favorite thing about the honors college is the “dynamic nature of the classroom. Students feel comfortable discussing and even disagreeing with course material, and this makes honors classes lively and interactive.” She advices students to be engaged with the world and recommends the honors college because it provides skills in critical thinking, writing, researching, and reading that will enable students to continue learning and growing throughout their lives. She believes this is truly empowering!