Portrait of Matthew Lassiter

Teaching Areas

  • Political and Social History
  • Public Policy
  • Urban and Suburban History


Curriculum Vitae

/ Affiliated Faculty, Professor,

Matthew Lassiter

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

Matthew D. Lassiter is professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and professor of history in U-M’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He is a scholar of the twentieth-century United States with a research and teaching focus on political history, urban/suburban studies, racial and social inequality, and the history of policing and the carceral state. His most recent book, The Suburban Crisis: White America and the War on Drugs, was published in 2023 by Princeton University Press. He is also author of The Silent Majority: Suburban Politics in the Sunbelt South (Princeton University Press, 2006); coeditor of The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism (Oxford University Press, 2009); and lead author of the website exhibit of Detroit Under Fire: Police Violence, Crime Politics, and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Civil Rights Era (U-M Carceral State Project, 2021). Lassiter is co-director of the U-M Carceral State Project and co-PI of its Documenting Criminalization, Confinement, and Resistance research initiative. He is also director of the affiliated Policing and Social Justice HistoryLab, which involves undergraduate and graduate student researchers in collaborative public engagement projects.