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

Lee D. Baker
Office Location:  210 Friedl Bldg, Durham, NC 27708-0042
Office Phone:  (919) 681-3263
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Teaching (Fall 2019):

  • Culanth 535s.01, Race/racism/democracy Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 118, Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
  • Ph.D. Temple University 1994
  • Certificate in African Studies University of Ghana-Legon, Accra, Ghana 1995
  • 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. Baker, LD. "From the President." Transforming Anthropology  vol. 27 no. 2 (October, 2019): 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): 621-622. [doi]
  3. 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]  [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): 367-386. [doi]  [abs]
  5. Baker, LD. "Meet Lee Baker, The State of Things, WUNC National Public Radio."   (April, 2010.).

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