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Matthew Delmont

School Director & Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
School Dir & Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

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: http://nicestkids.comhttp://whybusingfailed.com; http://makingroots.net, and is the curator of the digital history project, “Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African American Newspapers” http://blackquotidian.com/.   

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.

Education

Ph.D. Brown University, 2008

MA, Brown University, 2004

BA, Harvard University, 2000

Publications

Books (Peer Reviewed):

Making Roots: A Nation Captivated (University of California Press, 2016)

Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation (University of California Press, American Crossroads series, 2016)

The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia (University of California Press, American Crossroads series, 2012)

 

Digital Projects:

“Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers”: http://blackquotidian.com/ (over       19000 page views since January 2016)

Website companion project for Why Busing Failed: http://whybusingfailed.com (over 6000 page views           since November 2015)

Website companion project for The Nicest Kids in Town.  Initiated at NEH Digital Humanities Seminar at USC (Summer, 2011): http://nicestkids.com (over 50,000 page views since February 2012)

Articles (Peer Reviewed):

“Television News and the Making of the Boston Busing Crisis,” Journal of Urban History (accepted, forthcoming 2016)

“Buses From Nowhere: Television and Anti-busing Activism in 1970s Urban America,” Urban History, Volume 43, Issue 4, November 2016, http://scalar.usc.edu/anvc/urban-sights-visual-culture-and-urban-history/buses-from-nowhere-television-and-anti-busing-activism-in-1970s-urban-america

“Dancing Around the "Glaring Light of Television": Black Teen Dance Shows in the South,” Southern Spaces, September 2015, http://www.southernspaces.org/2015/dancing-around-glaring-light-television-black-teen-dance-shows-south

“Working Towards a Working-Class College: The Long Campaign to Build a Community College in Philadelphia,” History of Education Quarterly, Volume 54, Issue 4, November 2014.

“‘Miserable Women on Television’: Irene McCabe, Television News, and Antibusing Politics,” Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, Volume 29, Number 3, Fall 2014.

“Drone Encounters: Noor Behram, Omer Fast, and Visual Critiques of Drone Warfare,” American Quarterly, Volume 65, No. 1, March 2013.

“They’ll Be Rockin’ on Bandstand, in Philadelphia, PA”: Dick Clark, Georgie Woods, and the Value of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Journal of Popular Music Studies, Volume 24, No. 4, December 2012.

“Making Philadelphia Safe for ‘WFIL-adelphia’: Television, Housing, and Defensive Localism in Postwar Philadelphia,” Journal of Urban History, Volume 38, No. 1, January 2012.

“The Plight of the ‘Able Student’: Ruth Wright Hayre and the Struggle for Equality in Philadelphia’s Black High Schools, 1955-1965,” History of Education Quarterly, Volume 50, No. 2, May 2010.

“Michael Jackson & Television before Thriller” Journal of Pan-African Studies, Volume 3, No. 7, March 2010.

“Race to the Top: Marathon Participation, Leisure Credentials, and Meritocracy,” Columbia Journal of American Studies, Volume 7, No. 1 2006.

 

Edited Special Issues (Peer Reviewed):

“Rethinking the Boston Busing Crisis,” co-edited with Jeanne Theoharis, special issue of Journal of Urban History (forthcoming 2016).

“Urban Sights: Urban History and Visual Culture,” solo guest editor, online special issue of Urban History, Volume 43, Issue 4, November 2016, http://scalar.usc.edu/anvc/urban-sights-visual-culture-and-urban-history/index

“Sonic Visions: Popular Music on Television,” co-edited with Murray Forman, special issue of Journal of Popular Music Studies, Volume 25, No. 3, September 2013.

“Visual Culture and the War on Terror,” solo guest editor, forum in American Quarterly, Volume 65, No. 1, March 2013.

 

Chapters:

“Music on Television,” Sage Handbook on Television Studies (London: Sage, 2014), pp. 287-296.

 

Newspaper/Web Articles & Editorials:

“Why America Forgot About ‘Roots,’” The New York Times op-ed, May 27, 2016: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/28/opinion/why-america-forgot-about-roots.html

“The Cast of the Original ‘Roots’ Knows All About Hollywood’s Diversity Problem,” Mother Jones, June 2, 2016: http://www.motherjones.com/media/2016/06/original-roots-hollywood-race-problem

“Bernie Sanders and the Unsung Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, TheAtlantic.com, April 27, 2016: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/bernie-sanders-and-a-civil-rights-turning-point/479739/

“When Black Voters Exited Left,” TheAtlantic.com, March 31, 2016: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/exit-left/476190/

“The Lasting Legacy of the Boston Busing Crisis,” TheAtlantic.com, March 29, 2016: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/the-boston-busing-crisis-was-never-intended-to-work/474264/

“When Jackie Robinson Confronted a Trump-Like Candidate,” TheAtlantic.com, March 19, 2016: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/goldwater-jackie-robinson/474498/

“’Jim Crow Must Go,’” Salon.com, February 3, 2016: http://www.salon.com/2016/02/03/jim_crow_must_go_thousands_of_new_york_city_students_staged_a_one_day_boycott_to_protest_segregation_and_it_barely_made_the_history_books/

“The America of ‘Bandstand,’” Washington Post, Sunday, April 22, 2012. 

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 494Special Topics
HST 599Thesis
HST 790Reading and Conference
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AMS 599Thesis
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 598Special Topics
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 593Applied Project
REL 700Research Methods
HST 700Research Methods
HST 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 593Applied Project
HST 599Thesis
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 314Am Cultural History Since 1865
HST 591Seminar
Service

Associate Director of Research, School of Historical, Phil. & Religious Studies, 2016-present

Director of Graduate Studies for History, 2015-2016

Director of Graduate Studies for American Studies, 2015-present

University Graduate Council, representative of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2015-present

President’s Academic Council, 2015-present