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

Lee D. Baker
Office Location:  210 Friedl Bldg, Durham, NC 27708-0042
Office Phone:  (919) 681-3263
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  • Certificate in African Studies University of Ghana-Legon, Accra, Ghana 1995
  • Ph.D. Temple University 1994
  • B.S. Portland State University 1989
  • PhD, MA Temple University

North America
Australia, New Zealand & Oceanania
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.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Handler, R; Bashkow, I; Solway, J; Baker, LD; Schrempp, G. "Voicing the ancestors: Readings in memory of George Stocking." Journal of Ethnographic Theory  vol. 6 no. 3 (December, 2016): 367-386. [doi]
  2. Baker, LD; Canada, T. "Is it Worth it? Science Education of the Talented 2%." Transforming Anthropology  vol. 24 no. 2 (October, 2016): 116-124. [doi]
  3. Baker, LD. "Meet Lee Baker, The State of Things, WUNC National Public Radio."   (April 19, 2010).
  4. Baker, LD. "The cult of Franz Boas and his "conspiracy" to destroy the white race.." Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society  vol. 154 no. 1 (March, 2010): 8-18. [20695237]
  5. Baker, LD. "Franz Boas and his “Conspiracy” to Destroy the White Race." American Philosophical Society Proceedings  vol. 154 no. 1 ( 2010): 8-18.  [abs]

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