Demetrius A. Lamar is a Adjunct Faculty member in the department of Sociology at UMass Lowell.

Demetrius Lamar, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Dugan 205S


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


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.