Deborah Bailin is a analyst for UCS’s Center for Science and Democracy, where she researches political and societal barriers to formulating science-based policies.
Dr. Bailin serves in her position at UCS as an American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow, a two-year postdoctoral appointment which places recent humanities graduates interested in public service careers at non-profit organizations and government agencies.
As a scholar of nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature, Bailin has studied how scientific narratives influenced literary ones. Her dissertation examined Charles Darwin’s influence on American writers such as William Faulkner and Toni Morrison. She has several peer-reviewed publications in this area, including in Extrapolation, the first and longest continuously operating academic journal devoted to studies on speculative fiction. While completing her graduate work, Dr. Bailin taught courses at the University of Maryland in rhetoric and composition, critical theory, and American literature. She also worked at the Heartland Institute as Administrator for its Washington, D.C. operations and co-founded a spinoff organization, the R Street Institute, in June 2012.
Dr. Bailin holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in English from the Catholic University of America. She earned her B.A. in English from Johns Hopkins University, where she also received a B.Mus. in flute performance at the Peabody Institute.