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. “Afrocentricty and the American Dream.” Dispatches From the Ebony Tower: Intellectuals Confront the African American Experience, edited by Manning Marable, Columbia University Press, 2000, pp. 224–35.

Baker, L. D. “Racism in Professional Settings: Forms of Address as Clues to Power Relations.” Race & Ideology: Language, Symbolism, and Popular Culture, edited by Arthur K. Spears, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1999, pp. 115–32.


Baker, L. D. “Black Women in the Ivory Tower, Womanism, and Segregated Scholars.” Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Soceity, vol. 10, no. 2, 2008, pp. 179–87.

Baker, L. D. “Mission Improbable and the Possible Mission.” Anthropology News, vol. 49, no. 2, 2008, pp. 7–8.

Baker, L. D. “Black women in the ivory tower, 1850–1954: An intellectual history by stephanie y. evans.” Souls, vol. 10, no. 2, Jan. 2008, pp. 179–87. Scopus, doi:10.1080/10999940802115518. 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.

Baker, L. "Anthropology, History of.". Edited by John Hartwell Moore, vol. 1, Macmillan Reference USA, 2008, pp. 93–97.

Baker, L. D. “Review of The Social Sciences and Theories of Race by Vernon J. Williams, Jr.Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 14, 2008, pp. 234–35.

Baker, L. D. “Risk Avoidance and Transfer: Thoughts on New Directions for Africana Studies.” International Journal of Africana Studies, vol. 14, no. 1, 2008, pp. 66–70.

Baker, L. D. “Mad or Meditative in Maricopa.” Transforming Anthropology, vol. 14, no. 2, Oct. 2006, pp. 129–31.

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


Baker, L. D. “Parental involvement on display at W.G. Pearson.” Durham Herald Sun, no. Dec 7 A4, 2006.

Baker, L. D. “Taking the Plunge and Seizing the Time- -Again.” Transforming Anthropology, vol. 13, no. 2, American Anthropological Association, Oct. 2005, pp. 75–78.

Baker, L. D. “Taking the Plunge and Seizing the Time- -Again. Transforming Anthropology.” Transforming Anthropology, vol. 13, no. 2, American Anthropological Association, Apr. 2005, pp. 75–78.

Baker, L. D. “Why Students Get A’s.” New York Times, 2002.

Baker, L. D. “It Helps to Understand the Pressures on Marshall.” The Raleigh News and Observer, 1996.

Phillips, L. D., and L. D. Baker. “Roots of Reform.” The Atlanta Journal, 1994.

Baker, L. D. “Race and Class.” New York Times, 1992.