Bio & CV

Posted on January 20, 2012

Dr. Matthew Delmont has lectured widely on topics including African-American history, mixed race identity, the Obama presidency, hip hop, oral history, and social media, as well as the histories of the subjects that are at the heart of The Nicest Kids in Town, civil rights, television, rock ‘n’ roll, urban history, youth culture, and historical memory.

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At Arizona State University, Delmont is Associate Professor of History.  Delmont teaches courses on popular culture, urban studies, and the histories of race and ethnicity in the United States.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Delmont earned his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude.  He worked in management consulting and marketing before going to graduate school in American Studies.  He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University, becoming the first person in his family to earn an advanced degree.

In addition to The Nicest Kids in Town, Delmont has published articles in Journal of Urban History, History of Education Quarterly, Journal of Pan-African Studies, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and American Quarterly.

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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, February 2012)

Digital Humanities Project:
Website companion project for The Nicest Kids in Town. Initiated at NEH Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Seminar at USC:

“Working Towards a Working-Class College: The Long Campaign to Build a Community College in Philadelphia,” History of Education Quarterly (accepted for publication, forthcoming)

“‘Miserable Women on Television’: Irene McCabe, Television News, and Anti-busing Politics,” Camera Obscura (accepted for publication, forthcoming December 2014)

“Music Television,” Sage Handbook on Television Studies (invited contribution, forthcoming)

“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.

Articles in Progress:
“How Busing Became ‘Massive’: Television and Anti-busing Activism in 1970s Urban America,” (under review with Urban History)

Edited Special Issues:
“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,” forum in American Quarterly, Volume 65, No. 1, March 2013.

Edited Special Issues in Progress
“Urban Sights: Urban History and Visual Culture,” online special issue of Urban History (essays currently under review)

Book Reviews:
“The Color of the West,” review essay, American Quarterly, Volume 63, No. 4, December 2011.

“Youth of Color and the City,” review essay, American Quarterly, Volume 61, No. 4, December 2009.

Review of Mina Yang, California Polyphony: Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008) for Journal of Popular Music Studies, Volume 21, No. 2, June 2009.

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