Dr. Kris Marsh received her PhD from the University of Southern California in 2005. She was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina before joining the faculty of the University of Maryland where she has been tenured since 2014.
Currently, Professor Marsh is writing a book for Cambridge University Press on the wealth, health, residential choices and dating practices of an emerging Black middle class that is single and living alone.
Dr. Marsh has served as a contributor to CNN in America, the Associated Press, NBC Washington, and Al Jazeera America and is frequently asked to contribute to the Washington Post. She served as the Secretary of the District of Columbia Sociological Society and the Managing Editor of Issues in Race & Society. Dr. Marsh was awarded the Jacquelyn Johnson Jackson Early Career Award from the Association of Black Sociologists in 2015. That same year, Dr. Marsh was an Exhibit Script Reviewer for the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2019, Dr. Marsh was voted Chair-Elect of the Section on Race, Gender and Class for the American Sociological Association.
Dr. Marsh was selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for a 2017 Fulbright fellowship to study the Black middle class in South Africa. While in South Africa, Professor Marsh established a visiting faculty position at the University of Johannesburg and University of Witwatersrand. Along with her South African research team, Dr. Marsh conducted nearly 90 face-to-face interviews with Black middle class South Africans. The results of this international collaboration are two book projects: “The South African Black Middle Class and Researcher Reflexivity: Does it Exist and are we Members?” (Forthcoming, Emerald Press, November 2019) and “The Black Middle Class Beyond Soweto” (under consideration for a book contract).
Dr. Marsh’s most recent research and intellectual endeavors center on improving police-community relations. Since late 2015, Dr. Marsh has been the driving force behind a bias free training between Prince George’s County Police Department and the University of Maryland. As a result of this collaboration, Dr. Marsh was selected to serve on the Advisory Board for the National Law Enforcement Museum and she founded Applied Research Services, LLP. As Principal and Managing Partner of Applied Research Services, Dr. Marsh provides training to public safety and government agencies.