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. 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.