Melinda Chateauvert is Assistant Professor in the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland at College Park where she teaches courses on political movement organizing, the Civil Rights Movement, Gender Sexuality and the Black Family, and public policy and the African American Community. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the George Washington University.
She has also worked as Research Director of the Pay Discrimination Institute, a non-profit legal defense fund for race- and sex-based pay equity litigation, and served as an expert historical investigator and witness for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on cases involving racial discrimination in higher education. She earned a Ph.D. in United States History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. Her book, "Marching Together": Women of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, published by the University of Illinois Press has been widely adopted in women's studies, labor history and African American studies courses in the U.S. Her article, "Using Historical and Sociological Evidence in Affirmative Action Litigation," appeared in Combating Racial Discrimination: Affirmative Action as a Model for Europe? (Cambridge: Berg Publishers, 2000). "A Sister in the Brotherhood: Rosina Corrothers Tucker and the Sleeping Car Porters, 1930-1950," will appear in the Black Women and Work Collective anthology, Sister Circle (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, forthcoming). In addition, she is the Public Affairs Director for the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom Foundation, a national political advocacy and lobbying group devoted to expanding freedom of sexual expression among consenting adults. Her two current research projects include a study of the labor and labor consciousness among workers in the commercial sex industry, and an comparative political analysis of various campaigns to change laws regulating sexuality and gender identity. On the latter topic, she has presented papers at the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, of which she is a current member.