Lane Demas

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.

Office: Powers 242C

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor Demas specializes in the history of race and popular culture in America, specifically sport and African American history. His book Integrating the Gridiron: Black Civil Rights and American College Football (Rutgers University Press, 2010) examines the desegregation of American College Football in the twentieth century, comparing the stories of black athletes at institutions throughout the country and contextualizing intercollegiate sport within the broader history of the civil rights movement. He is currently working on another book titled Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf.

Professor Demas teaches courses in African American history, U.S. history, and upper-division seminars on race, sport, and cultural history. He is also editor of The Michigan Historical Review, the only scholarly publication devoted to Michigan history.

Recent Publications

“Revisiting Stagg’s University and College Football Historiography,” Journal of Sport History 39.1 (2012), 111–121.

Integrating the Gridiron: Black Civil Rights and American College Football (Rutgers University Press, 2010).

“Sport History, Race, and the College Gridiron: A Southern California Turning Point,” Southern California Quarterly, 89.2 (2007), 169–193.

“Beyond Jackie Robinson: Racial Integration in American College Football and New Directions in Sport History,” History Compass 5.2 (2007), 675–690.

“The Brown Bomber’s Dark Day: Louis-Schmeling I and America’s Black Hero,” Journal of Sport History 31.3 (Fall 2004), 253–271.​​​​​​

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