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 a 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. He is the author of Game
of Privilege: An African American History of Golf (University of North
Carolina Press, 2017) and Integrating the Gridiron: Black Civil Rights
and American College Football (Rutgers University Press, 2010). Game of Privilege received both the USGA's Herbert Warren Wind Award (best golf book of 2017) and the North American Society for Sport History Book Award (best sport history book of 2017). Professor Demas makes periodic media appearances and his work has earned awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Program.
He is also editor of The Michigan Historical Review, the only scholarly publication devoted to Michigan history.
Professor Demas teaches courses in U.S., African American, African diaspora, transnational, and sport history.