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Lee D. Baker, Associate Professor, Cultural Anthropology and Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College

Lee D. Baker
Contact Info:
Office Location:  104 Social Sciences
Office Phone:  (919) 681-3263
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Spring 2023):

    Friedl Bdg 107, TuTh 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as CMAC 172.01, I&E 172.01, ISS 172.01, SOCIOL 172.01)
    Friedl Bdg 216, Tu 03:30 PM-06:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as AAAS 545S.01)

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

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

Lee D. Baker received his Ph.D. from Temple University in 1994. His research explores the history of anthropology and its role in the U.S. as the science of race and arbiter of culture. He is author of From Savage To Negro: Anthropology and the Construction of Race, 1896-1954 (UC Press 1998). While his main research explores the history of anthropology in the U.S., he is also interested in the Aboriginal experience in Australia, and the African American experience in the U.S.

Areas of Interest:

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


History of Anthropology • race • racism • democracy • politics of culture • US • Australia

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Margot Weiss  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Baker, LD, Franz Boas: the emergence of the anthropologist, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 28 no. 4 (2022), pp. 1396-1397
  2. Baker, LD, The Racist Anti-Racism of American Anthropology, Transforming Anthropology, vol. 29 no. 2 (October, 2021), pp. 127-142 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Baker, LD, From Boas to Black Power: Racism, Liberalism, and American AnthropologyMarkAnderson. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019. ix + 262 pp. (Cloth US$90, Paper $28.00, E‐Book $15.12), Transforming Anthropology, vol. 28 no. 2 (October, 2020), pp. 184-185, WILEY [doi]
  4. Baker, LD, From the President, Transforming Anthropology, vol. 27 no. 2 (October, 2019), pp. 80 [doi]
  5. 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]