Matthew D. Lassiter is Associate Professor of History and Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South (Princeton University Press, 2006, Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America series), winner of 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 (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.