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 Maryland where she has been tenured since 2014.

Dr. Marsh’s general areas of expertise are the Black middle class, demography, racial residential segregation, and education. She has combined these interests to develop a research agenda that is divided into two broad areas: avenues into the Black middle class and consequences of being in the Black middle class.

Currently, Dr. Marsh is writing a book for Cambridge University Press that examines the mental and physical health, wealth, residential choices and dating practices of an emerging Black middle class that is single and living alone. Dr. Marsh is also in the beginning stages of a book exploring the perceptions and motivations of Black middle-class golfers.

Professor Marsh also teaches courses on Research Methods, Race Relations and Racial Residential Segregation. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and the University of Johannesburg.

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 and received the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar award for 2017. Dr. Marsh was elected Chair of the Section on Race, Gender and Class of the American Sociological Association in 2019.

Professor 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 and research collaboration between Prince George’s County Police Department and the University of Maryland. Dr. Marsh was appointed to the Prince George’s County Police Reform Task Force in 2020 and is the Chair of the subcommittee on recruiting, hiring, training, promotions & evaluations, human resource and mental health. Dr. Marsh also serves on the President’s University of Maryland Task Force on Community Policing.

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Areas of Interest

  • The Black Middle Class
  • Demography
  • Racial Residential Segregation
  • Education

Degrees

  • PhD
    University of Southern California, Sociology, 2005
  • MA
    University of Southern California, Sociology (with Distinctions), 2003
  • MA
    California State University, Dominguez Hills, Sociology (with Distinctions), 2000
  • BA
    San Diego State University, Sociology, 1996

Related Students (Listed by Student on Student's Profile)

  • Danielle Koonce
  • Jessica Marie Shotwell
Kris Marsh
3123 Art/Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
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kmarsh1 [at] umd.edu