Associate Professor of History and African American studies
Marcia Chatelain is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University. Previously, she was the Reach for Excellence Assistant Professor of Honors and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma’s Honors College. After graduating the University of Missouri in 2001, Chatelain worked in Washington, D.C. as the Resident Scholar at the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. In 2008, Chatelain graduated with her Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University. The author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration from Duke University Press, she teaches about women’s and girls’ history, as well as the history of black capitalism. Chatelain’s next book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (Liveright, 2020) will examine the intricate relationship among African American politicians, civil rights organizations, communities, and the fast food industry. Her next book will examine the history of college access programs first-generation college students Chatelain has published pieces on the websites of The Atlantic and Time, as well as The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2017, Chatelain contributed to the popular podcast, “Undisclosed,” serving as the resident historian on a narrative arc about the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. An active public speaker, 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. She is an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, a former National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, and held an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellowship at New America.