Marcia Chatelain

Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow

Marcia Chatelain was an Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow at New America from 2016-2018. She spent her fellowship year on From Sit-In to Drive-Thru: Fast Food and Black America in an Age of Crisis, a book that explores visions of economic and racial justice after 1968 and the fast food industry.  A Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, she is the author of the book South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015). Chatelain has received funding from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Ford Foundations, as well as several teaching awards. In 2016, she was named a Top Influencer by the Chronicle of Higher Education.  She received degrees in journalism and religious studies from the University of Missouri and holds an A.M. and Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University.