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, LEE D. “Melville J. Herskovits and the Racial Politics of Knowledge.” American Anthropologist, vol. 107, no. 3, Wiley, Sept. 2005, pp. 524–25. Crossref, doi:10.1525/aa.2005.107.3.524. Full Text

Baker, L. D. “Review of Melville J. Herskovits and the Racial Politics of Knowledge by Jerry Gershenhorn.American Anthropologist, vol. 107, 2005, pp. 524–25.

Baker, L. D. “Taking the Plunge and Seizing the Time- -Again.” Transforming Anthropology, vol. 13, 2005, pp. 75–78.

Baker, L. D. “Naming Moments Properly.Transforming Anthropology, vol. 13, 2005, pp. 1–2.

Baker, L. D. “Franz Boas out of the Ivory Tower.” Anthropological Theory, vol. 4, no. 1, Dec. 2004, pp. 29–51. Scopus, doi:10.1177/1463499604040846. Full Text

Baker, L. D. “Rethinking Black Studies: You Can't Do That With Out Organization.” Souls a Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, vol. 6, no. (3/4), Nov. 2004, pp. 36–40.

Baker, L. D. “You can’t do that without organization.” Souls, vol. 6, no. 3–4, Jan. 2004, pp. 36–40. Scopus, doi:10.1080/10999940490881964. Full Text

Baker, L. D. “Review of Racism: A Short History by George M. Fredrickson.” New West Indian Guide, vol. 78, 2004, pp. 125–26.

Baker, L. D. “Message from the President.” North American Dialogue, vol. 7, no. 2, 2004.