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. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland and affiliate faculty of the Maryland Population Research Center and African American Studies. Professor Marsh’s areas of expertise are the black middle class, demography and racial residential segregation. 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, identity, educational achievement, and spatial location. Kris’ research is divided into two broad areas: 1. demographic and educational avenues into the black middle class; and 2. racial residential segregation patterns of the black middle class. Dr. Marsh’s future work will emphasize the mental and health consequences of being in the black middle class.