Marcia Chatelain (born 1979) is an American academic who serves as the Penn Presidential Compact Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2021, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History for her book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, which also won a James Beard Award.[1]

Marcia Chatelain
Born1979 (age 43–44)
AwardsPulitzer Prize for History (2021)
Academic background
Doctoral advisorMari Jo Buhle
Academic work
DisciplineHistory, African American Studies
InstitutionsUniversity of Pennsylvania Georgetown University

She is also the creator of the Ferguson Syllabus social media campaign and the author of South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration.

Biography Edit

Education and career Edit

Chatelain was born in 1979 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised in Chicago, she attended St. Ignatius College Prep.[2][3]

She graduated from the University of Missouri in 2001, with degrees in journalism and religious studies. She then worked as a Resident Scholar at the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.[4] Chatelain received her A.M. and Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University, graduating in 2008, and was awarded the University of California-Santa Barbara's Black Studies Dissertation Fellowship.[5][4] Chatelain worked as the Reach for Excellence Assistant Professor of Honors and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma's Honors College, before becoming a Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University.[4]

Chatelain in 2018

#FergusonSyllabus Edit

In 2014, following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Chatelain mobilized other scholars on Twitter to talk about what was happening in Ferguson with their students and contribute to a crowdsourced reading list. The result became known as the #FergusonSyllabus. Its success has led to other crowdsourced syllabi to respond to national tragedies.[6][7] In 2016, the Chronicle of Higher Education named Chatelain a Top Influencer in academics, in recognition of the success of #FergusonSyllabus.[5][4]

Podcasting Edit

In 2017, Chatelain contributed to the "Undisclosed" podcast as a resident historian.[4] As of August 2020, she hosted the Slate podcast "The Waves" on feminism, gender, and popular culture.[8]

Awards, honors, and service Edit

Chatelain has received awards from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.[4] She has won teaching awards at Georgetown, where she serves on the Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation.[8] In 2019, Chatelain was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. She also served as an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at the New America Foundation.[8]

In 2021, Chatelain was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History for her book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.[9] For her work on Franchise, Chatelain also received the 2022 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Writing, the 2021 Hagley Prize in Business History, the 2021 Organization of American Historians Lawrence W. Levine Award, the 2021 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award, the 2019-2021 Business History Review Alfred and Fay Chandler Book Award, and the 2020 Hooks National Book Award.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

In 2023, Chatelain was nominated to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[16]

Works Edit

Chatelain has published two books: South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015), about the history of Chicago's Great Migration through the lens of black girls[17] and Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (Liveright/W.W. Norton, 2020) about the history of the relationship between civil rights and the fast food industry.[2][18]

Personal life Edit

Chatelain is Catholic.[19]

Bibliography Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Pulitzer Prize: 2021 Winners List". The New York Times. 2021-06-11. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-06-11.
  2. ^ a b "'Franchise' Tracks The Rise And Role Of Fast Food In Black America". Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  3. ^ "Professor Marcia Chatelain- Georgetown College". Georgetown University. 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2022-01-18.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D." Ignatian Solidarity Network. Retrieved 2020-08-03.
  5. ^ a b "Marcia Chatelain". New America. Retrieved 2020-08-03.
  6. ^ Mangan, Katherine (2016-12-11). "Curricular Activist: Marcia Chatelain". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  7. ^ Caldwell, Ellen C. (2016-12-01). "Teaching Trump: The Rise of the Crowd-Sourced Syllabus". JSTOR Daily. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  8. ^ a b c "Marcia Chatelain". Georgetown University Faculty Directory. Retrieved 2020-08-03.
  9. ^ Freeman, Abigail (June 11, 2021). "Pulitzer Prizes 2021: The Full List Of Winners". Forbes. Retrieved June 11, 2021.
  10. ^ "The 2022 James Beard Media Award Winners | James Beard Foundation". Retrieved 2022-06-15.
  11. ^ "Hagley Prize". Hagley. 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2023-04-27.
  12. ^ "Lawrence W. Levine Award Winners | OAH". Retrieved 2023-04-27.
  13. ^ Hipkins, Audrey (2021-08-18). "ANNOUNCING THE 2021 HURSTON/WRIGHT FOUNDATION LEGACY AWARDS NOMINEES". Hurston/Wright Foundation. Retrieved 2023-04-27.
  14. ^ "Business History - Harvard Business School". Retrieved 2023-04-27.
  15. ^ "2020 Hooks Book Award". Retrieved 2023-04-27.
  16. ^ "New Members Elected in 2023". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. 2023-04-19. Retrieved 2023-04-27.
  17. ^ "South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration". Duke University Press.
  18. ^ Szalai, Jennifer (2020-01-08). "The Surprising History of McDonald's and the Civil Rights Movement". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  19. ^ "Marcia Chatelain at Catholic Women Preach". Retrieved 2022-01-18.

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