Type: Public event

The Love Jones Cohort: Single and Living Alone in the Black Middle Class

A conversation with Dr. Kris Marsh


Dr. Kris Marsh

Date & time

Oct 3, 2023, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT

Join the Center for Racial Justice in welcoming Dr. Kris Marsh, author and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, to discuss her latest book The Love Jones Cohort: Single and Living Alone in the Black Middle Class. The Love Jones Cohort provides a nuanced understanding of how race, gender, and class, coupled with social structures, shape five central lifestyle factors of Black middle-class adults who are single and living alone. This event is the first of our Fall 2023 Racial Foundations of Public Policy speaker series. Open to U-M students, faculty, staff, and community partners. 

About the speaker

Dr. Kris Marsh received her PhD from the University of Southern California in 2005 and 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.

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.

Dr. Marsh’s most recent research and intellectual endeavors center on improving police- community relations. She currently serves on the President’s University of Maryland Task Force on Community Policing.


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