A professor speaks to a group of students sitting in the film viewing room with black and white film on the screen over his shoulder.

Gregory Kaliss, Ph.D.


  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008

Research Interests

  • 20th Century United States
  • Sports, Race and Gender in American Life
  • Sports and Social Activism
  • Public Parks and American Democracy

Recent Publications

  • Beyond the Black Power Salute: Athlete Activism in an Era of Change (forthcoming, 2023, University of Illinois Press)
  • Men’s College Athletics and the Politics of Racial Equality: Five Pioneer Stories of Black Manliness, White Citizenship, and American Democracy (Temple University Press, 2012; paperback edition, 2014)
  • Co-Editor, The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, Volume 9: The Last Great Projects, 1890-1895 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015)
  • “’Never Go Back’: Pasadena Racial Politics and the Robinson Brothers,” in LA Sports: Play, Games, and Community in the City of Angels (University of Arkansas Press, 2018)
  • “Ali-Frazier 1: Black Gladiators, White Promoters, and the Economics of Big-Time Boxing,” International Journal of the History of Sport (August 2017)