Lee D. Baker

Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Professor of Cultural Anthropology

External address: 
210 Friedl Bldg, Durham, NC 27708-0042
Internal office address: 
Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0042
(919) 681-3263


Lee D. Baker is Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and African and African American Studies at Duke University. He received his B.S. from Portland State University and doctorate in anthropology from Temple University. He has been a resident fellow at Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Johns Hopkins’s Institute for Global Studies, The University of Ghana-Legon, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Humanities Center. His books include From Savage to Negro: Anthropology and the Construction of Race, 1896-1954 (1998), Life in America: Identity and Everyday Experience (2003), and Anthropology and the Racial Politics of Culture (2010). Although he focuses on the history of anthropology, he has published numerous articles on such wide ranging subjects as socio-linguistics to race and democracy. Baker is also the recipient of Richard K. Lublin Distinguished Teaching Award. He served as Dean of Academic Affairs from 2008-2016. 

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Temple University 1994

  • B.S., Portland State University 1989

Baker, LD. "Afrocentricty and the American Dream." Dispatches From the Ebony Tower: Intellectuals Confront the African American Experience. Ed. M Marable. Columbia University Press, 2000. 224-35.

Baker, LD. "Racism in Professional Settings: Forms of Address as Clues to Power Relations." Race & Ideology: Language, Symbolism, and Popular Culture. Ed. AK Spears. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1999. 115-132.


Baker, LD. "Mission Improbable and the Possible Mission." Anthropology News 49.2 (2008): 7-8. (Academic Article)

Baker, LD. "Mad or Meditative in Maricopa." Transforming Anthropology 14.2 (October 2006): 129-131. (Academic Article)

Baker, LD. "Thinking Through Genre." Transforming Anthropology 14.1 (April 2006): 1-. (Academic Article)

Baker, LD. "Melville J. Herskovits and the racial politics of knowledge." AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST 107.3 (September 2005): 524-525. Full Text

Baker, LD. "Naming Moments Properly." Transforming Anthropology 13 (2005): 1-2.

Baker, LD. "Review of Melville J. Herskovits and the Racial Politics of Knowledge by Jerry Gershenhorn." American Anthropologist 107 (2005): 524-525. (Review)

Baker, LD. "Taking the Plunge and Seizing the Time- -Again." Transforming Anthropology 13 (2005): 75-78.

Baker, LD. "Rethinking Black Studies: You Can't Do That With Out Organization." Souls A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society 6.(3/4) (November 2004): 36-40. (Academic Article)

Baker, L. "You Can't Do That Without Organization." Souls 6.3-4 (September 2004): 36-40. Full Text