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
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, L. D. Anthropology and the Racial Politics of Culture. Duke University Press, 2010.

Baker, L. D., editor. Life in America: Identity and Everyday Experience. Blackwell Publishing, 2004.

Baker, L. D. From Savage to Negro: Anthropology and the Construction of Race, 1896-1954. University of California Press, 1998.

Baker, L. D. “Racism, risk, and the new color of dirty jobs.” The Insecure American: How We Got Here and What We Should Do about It, 2009, pp. 140–59.

Baker, L. D. “Saggin’ and Braggin’.” Anthropology Off the Shelf: Anthropologists on Writing, edited by Alisse Waterston and Maria Vesperi, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. Manual, doi:10.1002/9781444308822.ch5. Full Text

Baker, L. D. “The Location of Franz Boas within the African-American Struggle [reprint].” Franz Boas: Kultur, Sprache, Rasse., edited by Friedrich Pöhl and Bernhard Tilg, Wien, LIT Verlag., 2009, pp. 111–29.

Baker, L. “Boas, Franz.” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, edited by Jr William A Darity, vol. 1, Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008, pp. 344–46.

Baker, L. “"Anthropology, History of.".” Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, edited by John Hartwell Moore, vol. 1, Macmillan Reference USA, 2008, pp. 93–97.

Baker, L. D. “Speaking of Anthropological Theory.” A History of Anthropological Theory, edited by Paul A. Erickson and Liam D. Murphy, Broadview Press., 2008.

Baker, L. Signing Off. Vol. 15, 2007, pp. 95–96.

Baker, L. D. “Missionary Positions..” Globalization and RaceTransformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness., edited by Kamari M. Clarke and Deborah A. Thomas, Duke University Press, 2006, p. Pp.37-54.

Baker, L. D. “Frederic Ward Putnam.” Celebrating a Century of the American Anthropological Assocaition: Presidential Portraits, edited by Regna Darnell and Frederick W. Gleach, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2002, pp. 5–9.

Baker, L. D. “The Color Blind Bind.” Cultural Diversity in the United States, edited by Ida Susser and Thomas C. Patterson, Malden, MA: Blackwell Press, 2001, pp. 103–19.

Pages

Baker, Lee D. “Truth's Fool: Derek Freeman and the War over Cultural Anthropology by Peter Hempenstall Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2017. 321 pp..” American Anthropologist, vol. 120, no. 3, Wiley, Sept. 2018, pp. 621–22. Crossref, doi:10.1111/aman.13063. Full Text Open Access Copy

Baker, L. D., and T. Canada. “Is it Worth it? Science Education of the Talented 2%.” Transforming Anthropology, vol. 24, no. 2, Oct. 2016, pp. 116–24. Scopus, doi:10.1111/traa.12037. Full Text Open Access Copy

Handler, R., et al. “Voicing the ancestors: Readings in memory of George Stocking.” Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, vol. 6, no. 3, Jan. 2016, pp. 367–86. Scopus, doi:10.14318/hau6.3.023. Full Text

Baker, Lee D. “The cult of Franz Boas and his "conspiracy" to destroy the white race..” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 154, no. 1, Mar. 2010, pp. 8–18.

Baker, L. D. “Franz Boas and his “Conspiracy” to Destroy the White Race.” American Philosophical Society Proceedings, vol. 154, no. 1, 2010, pp. 8–18.

Baker, L. D. “Notes on “Post-Racial” Society.” North American Dialogue, vol. 13, no. 2, Newsletter of the Society for the Anthropology of North America, 2010, pp. 1–5.

Baker, L. D. The Location of Franz Boas within the African-American Struggle [reprint]. Edited by Friedrich Pöhl and Bernhard Tilg, Wien, LIT Verlag., 2009, pp. 111–29.

Baker, L. D. “Review of The social sciences and theories of race.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 14, no. 1, Mar. 2008, pp. 234–35. Manual, doi:10.1111/j.1467-9655.2007.00485_31.x. Full Text

Baker, L. D. “When the “good one” is “baaad”: Modern racism in john singleton’s shaft.” Souls, vol. 10, no. 2, Jan. 2008, pp. 165–78. Scopus, doi:10.1080/10999940802115526. Full Text

Baker, L. Boas, Franz. Edited by Jr William A Darity, vol. 1, Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008, pp. 344–46.

Pages

Baker, L. D. Herskovits and the Heart of Blackness (Consultant). California Newsreel, 2009.

Baker, L. D. Speaking of Anthropological Theory. Edited by Paul A. Erickson and Liam D. Murphy, Broadview Press., 2008.

Baker, L. D. “Signing Off.” Transforming Anthropology, vol. 15, no. 2, Oct. 2007, pp. 95–96.

Baker, L. Transforming Anthropology. Vol. 15, Apr. 2007.

Baker, L. “W.G. Pearson’s Uniforms about Distinction.” Durham Herald Sun, vol. Nov, 2007, pp. A22–A22.

Baker, L. D. “Mad or Meditative in Maricopa.” Transforming Anthropology, vol. 14, no. 2, American Anthropological Association, Oct. 2006, pp. 129–32.

Baker, L. D. “Hate Crime, Plain and Simple.” Durham Herald Sun, June 2006, pp. A6–A6.

Baker, L. D. “Thinking Through Genre.” Transforming Anthropology, vol. 14, no. 1, American Anthropological Association, Apr. 2006.

Baker, L. D. Missionary Positions.. Edited by Kamari M. Clarke and Deborah A. Thomas, Duke University Press, 2006, p. Pp.37-54.

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