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Matthew Delmont

Matthew Delmont is a professor of History at Arizona State University. He is the author of Making Roots: A Nation Captivated (University of California Press, 2016); Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Backlash to School Desegregation (University of California Press, 2016); and The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia (University of California Press, 2012).

He has created digital companion websites for each of these books:;;, and is the curator of the digital history project, ‘Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African American Newspapers’

In addition to these books and digital projects, he has published articles in American Quarterly, Camera Obscura, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Journal of Urban History, History of Education Quarterly, Urban History, Southern Spaces, and the Journal of Pan-African Studies. He has published op-eds and articles in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post. He earned his BA from Harvard University and his MA and Ph.D. from Brown University.