Associate Professor; Director, Center for the Study of the American South
474 Hamilton Hall


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 works in social and political history from interdisciplinary and non-traditional points of view. Her interests include Native American history, southern history, historical geography, foodways, music, race and ethnicity, identity, and community-engaged research, including documentary film and oral history. Her current book manuscript in-progress is The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle (under advance contract at University of North Carolina Press). She is also working on three articles: “‘You Seem Like a Pied Man:’ Racial Ambiguity and Murder in Montgomery County, Georgia, 1893,” (under review at the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era); “Kinship and Capitalism in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations” (book chapter under review at the University of Nebraska Press); and “‘White in Fact But Black in Theory’: The Story of Charlie Patton, ‘King of the Delta Blues’” (in progress).

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