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, L. D. “Review of Delimiting Anthropology: Occasional Inquiries and Reflections. George W. Stocking, Jr..” Journal of Anthropological Research, vol. 59, 2003, pp. 252–53.

Baker, L. D. “Research, Reform, and Racial Uplift: The Mission of the Hampton Folklore Society 1893-1899.” History of Anthropology, vol. 9, University of Wisconsin Press, 2002, pp. 42–80.

Baker, L. D. “Response to 'Philosophical Aspects of the "aAA Statement on 'Race'"'.” Anthropological Theory, vol. 1, no. 4, Dec. 2001, pp. 467–71. Scopus, doi:10.1177/14634990122228845. Full Text

Baker, L. D. “Uncommon Ground: From Pastures to Protest.” Update: The Newsletter of the African Burial Ground Project, vol. 3, 2001, pp. 4–5.

Baker, L. D. “Profit, Power, and Privilege: The Racial Politics of Ancestry.” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, vol. 3, 2001, pp. 66–72.

Baker, L. D. “Daniel G. Brinton's success on the road to obscurity, 1890-99.” Cultural Anthropology, vol. 14, no. 3, Aug. 2000, pp. 394–423.

Baker, L. D. “Daniel G. Brinton's success on the road to obscurity, 1890-99..” Cultural Anthropology : Journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, vol. 15, no. 3, Jan. 2000, pp. 394–423. Epmc, doi:10.1525/can.2000.15.3.394. Full Text

Baker, L. D. “Review of African-American Pioneers in Anthropology, edited Faye V. Harrison and Ira E. Harrison.” American Anthropologist, vol. 102, 2000, pp. 368–70.

Baker, L. D. “Commitment to Scientific Truth.” Anthropology Newsletter, vol. 40, Apr. 1999, pp. 2–2.