Chris Lamb

Chris Lamb, Ph.D., joined Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in January 2013.

He is the author/editor of eight books, including From Jack Johnson to LeBron James: Race, Politics and the Media (University of Nebraska Press, January 2016); Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball (2012); and Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training (2004).

Before becoming a college professor, he worked for newspapers and magazines for ten years. Since becoming a professor, his articles and columns have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Huffington Post, etc. His research articles have appeared in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of American History, Journalism History, and other scholarly journals. He has twice been a Pulitzer Prize judge in the category of editorial cartooning.


Recent Stories


In a state wrought with racial tension, Jackie Robinson suited up for his first spring training game

When Jackie and Rachel left their home in Los Angeles for Daytona Beach on February 28, they’d been married for only two weeks. The trip took almost two days. They were twice bumped from planes and replaced with white passengers. They had to take a bus across the state of Florida from Pensacola to Jacksonville. When the Robinsons settled into their seats, the driver, calling Jackie “boy,” ordered the couple to the back of the bus.