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Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History, Dartmouth College

Matthew Delmont is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African American Newspapers (Stanford University Press, 2019); Making Roots: A Nation Captivated (University of California Press, 2016); Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Backlash to School Desegregation (University of California Press, 2016); and The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia (University of California Press, 2012).

He is currently working on a book tentatively titled, To Live Half American: African Americans at Home and Abroad during World War II ​​​​​​​(under contract with Viking Books), for which he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In addition to these books, he has published articles in American Quarterly, Camera Obscura, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Journal of Urban History, History of Education Quarterly, Urban History, Southern Spaces, and the Journal of Pan-African Studies. He has published op-eds and articles in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post. He earned his BA from Harvard University and his MA and Ph.D. from Brown University.


  • 2019–present
    Professor of History, Dartmouth
  • 2014–2018
    Professor of History, Arizona State University


Guggenheim Fellow