Lee D. Baker
Mrs. Alexander Hehmeyer Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Lee D. Baker is 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. He served as Dean of Academic Affairs from 2008-2016.
Baker, LD. "Research, Reform, and Racial Uplift: The Mission of the Hampton Folklore Society 1893-1899." History of Anthropology 9 (2002): 42-80. (Academic Article)
Baker, LD. "Uncommon Ground: From Pastures to Protest." UPDATE: The Newsletter of the African Burial Ground Project 3 (2001): 4-5. (Academic Article)
Baker, LD. "Response to 'Philosophical Aspects of the "AAA Statement on 'Race' "." Anthropological Theory 1.4 (2001): 467-471. (Academic Article)
Baker, LD. "Profit, Power, and Privilege: The Racial Politics of Ancestry." Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society 3 (2001): 66-72. (Academic Article)
Baker, LD. "Daniel G. Brinton's success on the road to obscurity, 1890-99." Cultural Anthropology 14.3 (August 1, 2000): 394-423.
Baker, LD. "Daniel G. Brinton's success on the road to obscurity, 1890-99." CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 15.3 (August 2000): 394-423. Full Text
Baker, LD. "Review of African-American Pioneers in Anthropology, edited Faye V. Harrison and Ira E. Harrison." American Anthropologist 102 (2000): 368-370. (Review)
Baker, LD. "Commitment to Scientific Truth." Anthropology Newsletter 40 (April 1999): 2-2. (Academic Article)
Baker, LD. "Review of The Roots of African American Identity: Memory and History in Free Antebellum Communities, by Elizabeth Rauh Bethel." Social Forces 78 (1999): 372-374. (Review)
Baker, LD. "Columbia University's Franz Boas: He led the undoing of scientific racism." JOURNAL OF BLACKS IN HIGHER EDUCATION 22 (1998): 89-96. Full Text