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Lee D. Baker, Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Professor of African and African American Studies and Chair of Cultural Anthropology and Professor of Sociology and Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship of Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Lee D. Baker

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. 

Contact Info:
Office Location:  210 Friedl Bldg, Durham, NC 27708-0042
Office Phone:  (919) 681-3263
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://www.duke.edu/~ldbaker

Teaching (Fall 2019):

  • CULANTH 535S.01, RACE/RACISM/DEMOCRACY Synopsis
    Friedl Bdg 118, Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 545S.01)
Teaching (Spring 2020):

  • CULANTH 208.01, ANTHROPOLOGY OF RACE Synopsis
    Friedl Bdg 204, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 251.01, ICS 239.01, RIGHTS 208.01)
Education:

Ph.D.Temple University1994
Certificate in African StudiesUniversity of Ghana-Legon, Accra, Ghana1995
B.S.Portland State University1989
PhD, MATemple University
Specialties:

Race
Identity
North America
Australia, New Zealand & Oceanania
Ethnohistory
Race Studies
African Diaspora
Research Interests:

Lee D. Baker is Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and 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.

Keywords:

Anthropology, Cultural • Famous Persons • History, 20th Century • Humans • Jews • National Socialism • Prejudice • Race Relations • United States

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Margot Weiss  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Baker, LD, From the President, Transforming Anthropology, vol. 27 no. 2 (October, 2019), pp. 80 [doi]
  2. Baker, LD, 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 (September, 2018), pp. 621-622, WILEY [doi]
  3. Baker, LD; Canada, T, Is it Worth it? Science Education of the Talented 2%, Transforming Anthropology, vol. 24 no. 2 (October, 2016), pp. 116-124, WILEY [doi]  [abs]
  4. Handler, R; Bashkow, I; Solway, J; Baker, LD; Schrempp, G, Voicing the ancestors: Readings in memory of George Stocking, Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, vol. 6 no. 3 (January, 2016), pp. 367-386, University of Chicago Press [doi]  [abs]
  5. Baker, LD, Meet Lee Baker, The State of Things, WUNC National Public Radio (April, 2010)


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