Lane Demas received his B.A. from Northwestern University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. He is currently an associate professor of history and came to CMU in 2008.
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Research and Teaching Interests
Professor Demas specializes in the history of race and popular culture in America, specifically sport and African American history. His first book, Integrating the Gridiron: Black Civil Rights and American College Football (Rutgers University Press, 2010), received positive reviews in major journals including the American Historical Review, the Journal of African American History, and American Studies. He also makes periodic media appearances and his work has earned awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Program.
Professor Demas is currently writing another book titled The Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf. He is also editor of The Michigan Historical Review, the only scholarly publication devoted to Michigan history.
He teaches courses in U.S., African American, African diaspora, transnational, and sport history.