Matthew Delmont is an associate professor of History at Arizona State University. His research and teaching areas include popular culture and media studies, urban history, education, and comparative ethnic studies. He has published articles in American Quarterly, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Journal of Urban History, History of Education Quarterly, and the Journal of Pan-African Studies. His first book, The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia, was published by University of California Press (American Crossroads series) in 2012. He is currently working on his second book, Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Backlash to School Integration (under contract with University of California Press).