Lee D. Baker

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. "For Whom the Bell Curve Tolls: Poverty & Power." Voice of Black Studies 19 (1995): 5-6. (Academic Article)

Baker, LD. "Racism in Professional Settings: Forms of Address as Clues to Power Relations." Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences 31.2 (1995): 186-201. (Academic Article)

Baker, LD, and Patterson, TC. "Race, Racism, and the History of U.S. Anthropology." Transforming Anthropology 5.1-2 (January 1994): 1-7. Full Text

Baker, LD. "From Cannibal to Animal: Exhibiting Ota Benga." Transforming Anthropology 5 (1994): 36-36. (Academic Article)

Baker, LD, and Patterson, TC. "Race, Racism, and the History of U.S. Anthropology." Transforming Anthropology 5.1 (1994): 1-7. (Academic Article)

Baker, LD. "Savage Inequality: Anthropology in the Erosion of the Fifteenth Amendment." Transforming Anthropology 5.1-2 (January 1994): 28-33. Full Text

Baker, LD. "From Cannibal to Animal: Contextualizing the Image on the Cover." Transforming Anthropology 5.1-2 (January 1994): 41-46. Full Text

Baker, LD. "Ota Benga, Story of A Tragic Travesty." Teaching Anthropology 5 (1993): 21-22.

Baker, LD. "Doing the Right Thing in Anthropology." Teaching Anthropology 92 (1991): 14-14.