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

Lee D. Baker
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 2018):

  • Culanth 208.01, Anthropology of race Synopsis
    Friedl bdg 204, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

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.

Areas of Interest:

History of US Anthropology
race, racism, and democracy
politics of culture

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), pp. 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), pp. 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), pp. 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), pp. 8-18 [abs].

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