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Professor of Journalism, IUPUI

Chris Lamb, Ph.D., is chairman of the Journalism and Public Relations Department at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

He is the author/editor of eleven books, including The Art of the Political Putdown: The Greatest Comebacks, Ripostes, and Retorts in History (2020); Sports Journalism: A History of Glory, Fame and Technology (2020); Jackie Robinson: A Spiritual Biography (2018); 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,, 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.


  • –present
    Professor of Journalism, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis