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Matthew Lassiter

Associate Professor of History, LSA
Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

Matthew D. Lassiter is an associate professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and an associate professor of history in U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Lassiter is the author of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South (Princeton University Press, 2006), which won the 2007 Lillian Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council. His article, “The Suburban Origins of ‘Color-Blind’ Conservatism: Middle-Class Consciousness in the Charlotte Busing Crisis,” which originally appeared in the Journal of Urban History, was republished in The Best American History Essays 2006 (Palgrave). In addition, he co-edited The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism (Oxford University Press, 2009) and The Moderates' Dilemma: Massive Resistance to School Desegregation in Virginia (University of Virginia Press, 1998). His current book project is The Suburban Crisis: The Pursuit and Defense of the American Dream. 

Lassiter received his PhD and Master of Arts in history from the University of Virginia.