Chris Myers Asch
Chris Myers Asch is the author of The Senator and the Sharecropper. The winner of the Liberty Legacy Foundation Award from the Organization of American Historians, the McLemore Prize, from the Mississippi Historical Society, and the Mississippi Authors Award in Nonfiction, it was published by the New Press.
After graduating summa cum laude from Duke University in 1994, Chris Asch immediately joined Teach for America, a national program that recruits college graduates and places them in school districts that are chronically short of teachers. He was sent to Sunflower, Mississippi, where he taught elementary school for three years.
After a year with the Fulbright program in South Korea, he entered graduate school at the University of North Carolina, earning a doctorate in American History in 2005. While working on his graduate degree, he returned to Sunflower County to create and run a non-profit educational organization, the Sunflower County Freedom Project.
In 2006, Chris Asch left the Freedom Project to co-found the U.S. Public Service Academy, an undergraduate institution devoted to developing civilian leaders for the public sector. He subsequently taught history at the University of the District of Columbia, and is currently at work, in collaboration with G. Derek Musgrove, on a new book, Chocolate City: Race and Democracy in Our Nation’s Capital ― from George Washington and Frederick Douglass to Marion Barry and Michelle Rhee to be published by the University of North Carolina Press