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Lee D. Baker, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies and Sociology and Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and Interim Director of International Comparative Studies

Lee D. Baker
Office Location:  114 Allen, Durham, NC 27708-0042
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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

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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. "Meet Lee Baker, The State of Things, WUNC National Public Radio."   (April 19, 2010).
  2. L.D. Baker. "The cult of Franz Boas and his "conspiracy" to destroy the white race.." Proc Am Philos Soc  vol. 154 no. 1 (March, 2010): 8-18. [20695237]
  3. LD Baker. "Franz Boas and his “Conspiracy” to Destroy the White Race." American Philosophical Society Proceedings  vol. 154 no. 1 ( 2010): 8-18.  [abs]
  4. L.D. Baker. Anthropology and the Racial Politics of Culture. Duke University Press, 2010.
  5. L.D. Baker. "Notes on “Post-Racial” Society." North American Dialogue  vol. 13 no. 2 ( 2010): 1-5. (plenary session, SANA/ABA Conference, 2010)

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