Matthew Lassiter

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Matt Lassiter

Associate Professor, Department of History

Office Location(s): 2513 Haven Hall
Phone: 734.647.4618
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • History
    • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Fields of Study
    • 20th century United States, urban/suburban, political, social, Southern, popular culture
  • About

    Selected Publications:

    Edited with Joseph Crespino, The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism (Oxford University Press, 2009)

    The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South (Princeton University Press, 2006)

    "The Suburban Origins of 'Color-Blind' Conservatism: Middle-Class Consciousness in the Charlotte Busing Crisis" Journal of Urban History (May 2004), 549-582

    "Suburban Strategies: The Volatile Center in Postwar Political Culture,” in The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History, eds. Julian E. Zelizer, Meg Jacobs, and William Novak (Princeton University Press, 2003)

    Edited, with Andrew B. Lewis, The Moderates' Dilemma: Massive Resistance to School Desegregation in Virginia (University Press of Virginia, 1999)

    Current Projects: 

    Book project, "The Suburban Crisis: The Pursuit, and Defense, of the American Dream," a wide-ranging study of post-1945 American suburbs, including chapters on film and fiction imagery; sprawl; the Christian Right; conflicts over busing, public housing, and school equalization; suburban panics; and electoral politics.

    Article, "The Northern Strategy?: The Fate of Liberalism in New Jersey and Connecticut"

  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1999