Demetrius A. Lamar


Demetrius Lamar, Sociology

Adjunct Faculty
Dugan 205S


Social class and mobility; urban sociology; global sociology; westernization and the history of sociology

Educational Background

Ph.D., Social Stratification Theory, Northeastern University, Sociology Department
and Law, Policy and Society
B.A., Psychology, Claremont McKenna College
A.A., Administration of Justice, San Bernardino Valley College


Demetrius A. Lamar, Ph.D. is a part-time faculty member at UMass Lowell (UML), working collaboratively with the UML Division of On-line and Continuing Education since 2010. He has taught a range of courses in sociology and specializes in race, class, and westernization. His early academic work was in laboratory science studying rat behavior as a nexus to understanding modern human behavior. In graduate school, he studied social stratification, paying particular attention to mobility ladders that lead to places of influence, power, and prosperity. Today, as a macro sociologist, he spends most of his time researching the cultural institutionalization of war, the primacy of modern-day inventions, the correlates of class, and the evolution of the concept of race and its implications. He is passionate about teaching and strongly believes in the universalization of education.


Introduction to Sociology
Cultures of the World
Urban Sociology

Selected Publications
  • Lamar, Demetrius A. 2011. “Maine.” Pp. 2490 – 2494 in Black America: A State by State Encyclopedia, edited by Alton Hornsby Jr. Atlanta: Greenwood Press.
  • Lamar, Demetrius A. (editor). 2006. Pieces of My Soul. Charlotte: The Institute Press.
  • Lamar, Demetrius A. 2005. “Social Inheritance: Unearthing structural economic inequalities in the United States.” Bimonthly Review of Law Books 16 (4), 18-20.
  • Lamar, Demetrius A. 2004. “Roy Black’s Law: Justice or Juridical Gaming?” Bimonthly Review of Law Books 15 (2-3), 23-25.
  • Lamar, Demetrius A. 2001. “The Social Cost of an Errant Legal System.” Bimonthly Review of Law Books 12 (2), 19-20.
  • Lamar, Demetrius A. 1997. “The concept of race.” Psych Discourse, 28 (12), 9-14.