Marie Marquardt is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, the lead author of Living "Illegal": The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration (The New Press, 2013) and co-author of Globalizing the Sacred: Religion Across the Americas (Rutgers University Press, 2003). She also writes novels for young adults. Her first, Dream Things True, was published by MacMillan/St. Martin's Griffin in September 2015. Marquardt has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Princeton University, a master's degree in religion and Latin American studies from University of Florida, and a PhD in sociology of religion and religious social ethics from Emory University. She is widely published in the areas of religion, inter-ethnic relations, and civic participation of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. South. Marquardt also has worked extensively as an advocate among immigrants in Atlanta. She is a founding organizer and currently serves as co-chair of El Refugio, a hospitality house outside the gates of the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia. Marquardt lives with her husband and four children in a very busy household in Decatur, Georgia.
Why I chose to be a board member at the Aquinas Center of Theology: The Aquinas Center offers Emory students and members of the local community innovative and creative ways to address the most challenging and relevant questions of our day. Aquinas Center events also connect Catholics with members of other faith traditions through collaborative examination of issues. I joined the board because I want to contribute to building a more connected, more thoughtful, and more socially engaged Catholic community at Emory and in metro-Atlanta.