Malinda Maynor Lowery
Malinda Maynor Lowery is a historian and documentary film producer who is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She is a Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill and Director of the Center for the Study of the American South. Films she has produced include the Peabody Award-winning A Chef’s Life (PBS, 2013-2018), Somewhere South (PBS, 2020), Road to Race Day (Crackle, 2020), the Emmy-nominated Private Violence (HBO, 2014), In the Light of Reverence (PBS, 2001), and two short films, Real Indian (1996), and Sounds of Faith (1997), both of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Her award-winning books include The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle (2018) and Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation (2010). She has written over twenty 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 Washington Post, New York Times, Oxford American, and Daily Yonder. She has won fellowships and grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Sundance Institute, the Ford Foundation, and others. Her current projects involve essays on the shared history of Black and Indigenous Americans, a media experience on humor and racial stereotypes with the Smithsonian Institution, and a documentary film on NASCAR.