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 in fall 2008. She is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology, and affiliate faculty of the Maryland Population Research Center, Department of Women’s Studies, and African American Studies Department.

Professor 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. This agenda is divided into three broad areas: the black middle class, the intersection of educational attainment and racial identification, and intra-racial health disparities. The common theme in her work is decomposing what it means to be black in America by focusing on intra-group variability in regards to class, space, identity, educational achievement, and mental health.

Kris looks forward to teaching courses that complement her areas of expertise. Professor Marsh will teach undergraduate courses in Research Methods and Race Relations. In addition, she is interested in constructing specialized graduate and undergraduate seminars on Racial Residential Segregation, Black Middle Class, and Sociology of Education.

Areas of Interest

  • The Black Middle Class
  • Stratification
  • Demography
  • Racial Residential Segregation
  • Single and Living Alone Adults (SALA)


  • PhD

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

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