Lee D. Baker
Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Professor of Cultural Anthropology
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.
Baker, L. D. “Ota Benga, Story of A Tragic Travesty.” Teaching Anthropology, vol. 5, 1993, pp. 21–22.
Baker, L. D. “Cultural Creolization and the Constitution of Ethnicity Amongst Aboriginal Professionals in Dampierland, Western Australia, In Foragers in Context: Long Term, Regional and Historical Perspectives in Hunter-Gatherer Studies.” Michigan Discussions in Anthropology, vol. 10, 1991, pp. 17–29.
Baker, L. D. “Doing the Right Thing in Anthropology.” Teaching Anthropology, vol. 92, 1991, pp. 14–14.