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Dr. David Demers author / activist / publisher / speaker / real estate investor
Journalist-turned-media-sociology-professor David Demers has spent his life promoting free speech, workplace ethics, and civil libertarian causes. He also is an authority on investing in rental homes.
He is author or editor of 20 books, including TAP YOUR ASSETS: Convert Your Home into a $50,000 Tax-Free Rental that Crushes the Stock Market(in press); Adventures of a Quixotic Professor: How One Man’s Lifelong Passion for Social Justice Bristles Bureaucracies and Sparks a Landmark Free Speech Ruling (2021); and The Ivory Tower of Babel: Why the Social Sciences Are Failing to Live Up to Their Promises (2011). He also has penned more than one-hundred refereed journal articles, book chapters, and professional publications. Demers ghostwrote the best-selling ABCs of Buying Rental Property (2020) by Ken McElroy (click here to see a YouTube video of an interview with Ken). In 2001, he founded Marquette Books, which has published more than 170 scholarly and trade titles.
During the 1970s, Demers earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from Central Michigan University and worked for three newspapers in Michigan, earning two statewide first-place awards for investigative reporting. During the 1980s, he earned master’s degrees in journalism and sociology/criminology from The Ohio State University and worked as a senior marketing research analyst in Phoenix. In the 1990s, he earned a Ph.D. in mass communication (theoretical area sociology) from the University of Minnesota and taught courses in mass media theory and methods, news reporting, media history, sociology of the media, and constitutional law in mass communication. He has taught at the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin–River Falls, Arizona State University, and Washington State University, where he was tenured for 16 years before retiring in December 2012.
Demers’s research specialties include organizational structure and power, social systems theory, mass media law, and real estate investing. His research publications have earned five national scholarly paper awards. He was the plaintiff in Demers v. Austin, a 2014 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals landmark ruling that extended constitutional protection to faculty speech which criticizes administrators' policies and actions on issues of public concern related to teaching and scholarship. In 2010, the Society for Collegiate Journalists honored him with the Louis Ingelhart Freedom of Expression Award, which is given to individuals who contribute to freedom of expression at the risk of personal and/or professional cost.
A theme that runs through his many of his writings is that journalists, scholars, professionals, and politicians are not doing enough to promote the ideals of the Age of Enlightenment (decentralization of power, democratic decision-making, civil liberties, empowerment of disenfranchized groups). He recently completed a dystopian novel that carries the Age of Enlightenment themes to a youthful audience (The Killing of Bere Baudin). He lives in Phoenix.