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
Phone: 
(919) 681-3263

Overview

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. "Review of Racism: A Short History by George M. Fredrickson." New West Indian Guide 78 (2004): 125-126. (Review)

Baker, LD. "Franz Boas out of the Ivory Tower." Anthropological Theory 4.1 (2004): 29-51. (Academic Article)

Baker, LD. "Message from the President." North American Dialogue 7.2 (2004): 4-. (Academic Article)

Baker, LD. "Affirmative Action and Anthropological Research." Anthropology News 44 (October 2003): 5-5. (Academic Article)

Baker, LD. "Review of Delimiting Anthropology: Occasional Inquiries and Reflections. George W. Stocking, Jr." Journal of Anthropological Research 59 (2003): 252-253. (Review)

Baker, LD. "Delimiting anthropology: Occasional inquiries and reflections." JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH 59.2 (2003): 252-253.

Baker, LD. "Research, Reform, and Racial Uplift: The Mission of the Hampton Folklore Society 1893-1899." History of Anthropology 9 (2002): 42-80. (Academic Article)

Baker, LD. "Uncommon Ground: From Pastures to Protest." UPDATE: The Newsletter of the African Burial Ground Project 3 (2001): 4-5. (Academic Article)

Baker, LD. "Response to 'Philosophical Aspects of the "AAA Statement on 'Race' "." Anthropological Theory 1.4 (2001): 467-471. (Academic Article)

Baker, LD. "Profit, Power, and Privilege: The Racial Politics of Ancestry." Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society 3 (2001): 66-72. (Academic Article)

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