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Professor; Director, Center for the Study of the American South
413 Hamilton Hall
Curriculum Vitae


AB Harvard University, 1995
MA Stanford University, 1997
MA University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2002
PhD University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2005

Research Interests

Malinda Maynor Lowery is a Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill and Director of the Center for the Study of the American South. She is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Her second book, The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle, was published by UNC Press in September 2018. The book is a survey of Lumbee history from the eighteenth century to the present, written for a general audience. Her first book, Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation (UNC Press, 2010), won several awards, including Best First Book of 2010 in Native American and Indigenous Studies and the Labriola American Indian Center National Book Prize from Arizona State University. She has written over fifteen book chapters or articles, on topics including American Indian migration and identity, school desegregation, federal recognition, religious music, and foodways, and has published essays in the New York Times, Oxford American, The North Star, and Scalawag Magazine. She has won fellowships and grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sundance Institute, the Ford Foundation, and others. She has produced documentary films, including the Peabody Award-winning A Chef’s Life (5 seasons on PBS), the Emmy-nominated Private Violence (broadcast on HBO in 2014), In the Light of Reverence (broadcast on PBS in 2001), and two short films, Real Indian (1996), and Sounds of Faith (1997), both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Some Notable Publications

  • ”As We Cooked, As We Lived: Lumbee Foodways,” co-authored with Sara Wood, Southern Cultures (Spring 2015).
  • “Racial Science and Federal Recognition: Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South,” in Recognition, Sovereignty Struggles, and Indigenous Rights in the United States: A Sourcebook, eds. Jean M. O’Brien and Amy Den Ouden (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013): 65-94.
  • Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation (University of North Carolina Press, 2010)
  • “Telling Our Own Stories: Writing Lumbee History In the Shadow of the BAR,” American Indian Quarterly 33 (4)
  • “People and Place: Croatan Indians in Jim Crow Georgia, 1890–1920,” American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 21 (Spring 2005): 37–64


  • Co-Producer, A Chef’s Life – documentary film series (PBS, Season 1, Fall 2013; Season 2, Fall 2014-Spring 2015).
  • Co-Producer, Private Violence – Video, 73 minutes (HBO, 2014).
  • Co-Producer, Survivor to Survivor: Native American Women and Domestic Violence – Video, 18 minutes (2011)
  • Co-Producer, In the Light of Reverence – Video, 73 minutes (PBS, 2001)
  • Producer/Director/Editor, Sounds of Faith – Video, 14 minutes (1997)
  • Producer/Director/Editor, Real Indian – 16mm, 7 minutes (1996)

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • HIST 231—Native American History: The East (lecture)
  • HIST 234—Native American Tribal Studies: Lumbee History (undergraduate seminar)
  • HIST 395—Race and Ethnicity in the Twentieth Century (research seminar)
  • HIST 395—Research in Native American History
  • HIST 691H & 692H—Honors Thesis in History
  • HIST 716—Colloquium in U.S. History Since 1865 (graduate seminar)
  • HIST 878—Graduate Readings in Native American History