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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Malinda Lowery is new Center for Study of American South director

Malinda Maynor Lowery became the new director of Carolina’s Center for the Study of the American South (CSAS) on July 1. Lowery will succeed Kenneth Janken, who will return to his home department as professor of African, African American and Diaspora Studies.

Malinda Lowery

Lowery is an associate professor in the Department of History and director of the Southern Oral History Program. A member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Lowery is the author of the forthcoming The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle and has produced four documentary films about Native American issues, including the award-winning In the Light of Reverence (PBS). Lowery’s first monograph, Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation (UNC Press, 2010), received the Best First Book award from the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, among other honors.

The Center for the Study of the American South nurtures rigorous scholarship, critical conversations, and creative expressions to unlock the potential of a diverse and changing South. The center is home to the Southern Oral History Program and Southern Cultures quarterly.

As director of oral history program, Lowery has long worked to advance the center’s mission. “I am excited to help make CSAS the region’s hub for multidisciplinary, participatory research across the humanities, arts, and social sciences,” said Lowery. “CSAS is an important bridge across the University and between the University and our citizens. As we engage with issues of relevance to the contemporary South, from scholars, artists and community partners, we will bring the past to bear on the present
and future.”

Lowery holds a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University, a master’s degree in documentary film production from Stanford University, and a doctorate in history from Carolina. Her previous teaching appointments include Harvard, N.C. State, Duke and San Francisco State universities.