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Matthew Lassiter

Matthew Lassiter is Associate Professor of History, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. He is author of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South (2006), which won the 2007 Lillian Smith Award presented by the Southern Regional Council. His article for the Journal of Urban History, “The Suburban Origins of ‘Color-Blind’ Conservatism: Middle-Class Consciousness in the Charlotte Busing Crisis,” was republished in The Best American History Essays 2006 (Palgrave). He is also coeditor of The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism (2009) and The Moderates’ Dilemma: Massive Resistance to School Desegregation in Virginia (1998). Lassiter formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Urban History Association (2007–2010) and currently serves on the editorial boards of Urban History, the Journal of Policy History, and the Justice, Power, and Politics series published by the University of North Carolina Press. His current book project is The Suburban Crisis: Crime, Drugs, and the White Middle-Class America. Essays drawn from this book have appeared in the special Journal of American History issue “Historians and the Carceral State” (2015) and the special Journal of Urban History issue “Urban America and the Carceral State” (2015).
Books by Matthew Lassiter:
  • Historians in Service of a Better South: Essays in Honor of Paul Gaston
  • ISBN: 1-60306-446-X, Trade Paper