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NMSU expert available to discuss U.S. attorney general controversy

The ongoing controversy involving U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales continued today when the Senate Judiciary Committee cleared the way for subpoenas, compelling five Justice Department officials and six of the U.S. attorneys they fired to talk about a purge. The purge has ignited demands for Gonzales' ouster.

Nancy Baker is an associate professor in the New Mexico State University Department of Government who has extensively researched the Attorney General's office. She is available to speak with the media about the Gonzales controversy. Her research interests include law and politics in the executive branch, specifically the U.S. Attorney General. Her current work focuses on the impact of anti-terrorism measures on constitutional separation of powers, federalism and civil liberties. Baker has written two books about the office of U.S. Attorney General - "General Ashcroft: Attorney at War" (2006) and "Conflicting Loyalties: Law and Politics in the Attorney General's Office, 1789-1990" (1992). In addition, she has published numerous academic articles, book chapters and encyclopedia essays. She has served as an invited scholar on the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations for the Presidential Oral History Project of the Miller Center of the University of Virginia. Baker has won two departmental, six universitywide, and three national teaching awards, including the Westhafer Award for Teaching Excellence. She has taught classes in constitutional law, civil liberties, law and sex, the presidency, the Supreme Court, Congress, international law, comparative legal systems, an introduction to political science, an American politics seminar, an honors course called "Citizens and the State," and a class about women and politics. She may be reached at (505) 646-4935 or via email at nbaker@nmsu.edu.