Keynote Spotlight: Marcia Chatelain

On April 15, 2020, some 450 education professionals will meet at the Royal Sonesta Boston hotel in Cambridge, MA for the 12th Annual NPEA Conference, Reaching Out and Rising Up: Forging Ahead for Student Success. The challenges facing the field of educational access are myriad, and conference attendees will spend three days networking, learning best practices, and sharing strategies for student success.

Among the attendees will be Marcia Chatelain, a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of history and African American Studies at Georgetown University. Marcia will deliver the final keynote address of the conference at 2:30pm on Friday, April 17, followed by a signing of her new book, Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (2020). In early March, the NPEA team will have a chance to interview Dr. Chatelain, and will share the results shortly after. Join us in April to hear Marcia for yourself, and learn more about her work below.

More about Dr. Chatelain:

Marcia Chatelain is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of South Side Girls: Growing Up in the Great Migration (2015) and Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (2020). In 2014, she organized her fellow scholars in a social-media response to the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, entitled #FergusonSyllabus. #FergusonSyllabus has led to similar online initiatives and has shaped curricular projects in K–12 and university settings.

A frequent public speaker and consultant to educational institutions, Dr. Chatelain delivers lectures and workshops on inclusive teaching, social movements, and food justice. She has contributed to,, Ms. Magazine, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, which also named her a “Top Influencer in Higher Education” in 2016. She has appeared on local and national television outlets including C-Span, MSNBC, CNN, BBC America, and PBS. In 2017, she joined the team of “Undisclosed,” a podcast featuring a 16-episode arc about the death of Freddie Gray. She currently co-hosts the Slate podcast, “ The Waves,” a bi-weekly show that covers feminism, gender, and popular culture.

Dr. Chatelain’s areas of expertise and practice include African American history, inclusive teaching and pedagogy, student leadership, the history of girlhood, slavery and the university, food studies, and more.

Visit her website to learn more.

Check out this recent New York Times book review learn more about Dr. Chatelain’s newest book, Franchise (2020).