Chris Myers Asch is the co-author, with G. Derek Musgrove, of Chocolate City: A History Race and Democracy in Our Nation’s Capital. Published by the University of North Carolina Press, it was praised as “an epic history of politics and power in Washington, D.C.” by Kate Masur.
Chris is also 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 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.