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 Scripps College, Delmont is Assistant Professor of American Studies and the co-coordinator of the American Studies program at the Claremont Colleges. He is also an affiliate of the History, Africana Studies, and Media Studies departments.
Delmont teaches courses on popular culture, urban studies, and the histories of race and ethnicity in the United States. He has earned multiple teaching awards, including being voted the 2010-2011 Professor of the Year by the Scripps Associated Students. He also serves as a faculty and steering committee member for the Scripps College Academy, a college-readiness program for high achieving young women in the greater Los Angeles area.
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 and reviews in Journal of Urban History, History of Education Quarterly, Journal of Pan-African Studies, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and American Quarterly.
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: http://scalar.usc.edu/nehvectors/nicest-kids
“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.
“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.