Univ. of Oklahoma Professor Selected as a 2011 American Marshall Memorial Fellow

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University of Oklahoma faculty member Marcia Chatelain is the only Oklahoman to be selected as a 2011 American Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Chatelain, an assistant professor of African-American studies in the Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College, was selected for her scholarly work and potential as an emerging American leader.

"Professor Chatelain is both a serious scholar and a very dynamic and highly effective teacher," said David Ray, dean of the college. "She is energetic, popular and accessible to students."

A native of Chicago, Chatelain holds master's and doctoral degrees in American civilization from Brown University. Before joining the OU faculty in 2007, she was the University of California- Santa Barbara's Black Studies Dissertation Fellow.

Her research focuses on African-American girls in the 20th century and includes girls' studies, popular culture, African- American women's history and ethnic studies. Chatelain is writing a book about girls during Chicago's African-American migration era.

Before her studies at Brown, Chatelain was the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation's resident Truman Scholar in Washington, D. …