Nicole Rae Baerg, Ph.D. is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Essex, Government Department. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Mannheim (2014 – 2016) and a research intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (2008 – 2013). She is also the author of  Crafting Consensus: Why Central Bankers Change their Speech and How Speech Changes the Economy published by Oxford University Press (2020).  She is a political economist working with political textual analysis, monetary and financial politics, and fiscal policy.