About the video
Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D. delivered a keynote on racial justice at the 2019 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice.
About Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D.
Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D., is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Previously, she was a Reach for Excellence Assistant Professor of Honors and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep, the University of Missouri-Columbia (B.A. Journalism/Religious Studies), and Brown University (A.M. and Ph.D., American Civilization). Her first book, South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration, reimagined the mass exodus of black Southerners to the urban North from the perspective of girls and teenage women.
Her latest book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, examines the intersection of the post-1968 civil rights struggle and the rise of the fast food industry. Her next book will examine the history of college access programs and the specific ways that first-generation college students are transforming higher education. Chatelain has contributed to The Atlantic, Time, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the podcast “Undisclosed,” serving as the resident historian on a narrative arc about the 2015 death of Freddie Gray while in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department. Chatelain has received awards and honors from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. At Georgetown, she has won several teaching awards. In 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education named her a Top Influencer in academia in recognition of her social media campaign #FergusonSyllabus, which implored educators to facilitate discussions about the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.
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