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Associate a Professor, Department of History UNC-Chape Hill
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Indigenous Studies, Native American Studies, American Indian Studies, American Indian History, Native American History, American South, U.S. South, Southern history, 20th century history, U.S. History, 19th century history, Indian Removal, Civil War, Reconstruction, Segregation, Civil Rights, New Deal, War on Drugs, Federal Recognition, monuments, commemoration, identity, nationhood, Lumbee Indians, North Carolina, documentary film, foodways, NASCAR, decolonization, personal narrative
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About Me

I am a native Southerner and belong to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, born in Robeson County, NC and raised in Durham. I am a historian and documentary film producer, an Associate Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill and Director of the Center for the Study of the American South.

I live in Durham with my partner and daughter, fifteen minutes from my mom and two of my brothers. I am one of seven siblings. I engage on Twitter.

Recent Publications

My second book, The Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle, will be published by UNC Press in September 2018. My first book, Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nationwas also published by UNC Press in 2010. Recently I have published essays in Scalawag and the New York Times. See also:

“Native Americans in the Civil War,” in Essential Civil War Curriculum (co-authored with Rose Stremlau, C. Joseph Genetin-Pilawa). Blacksburg: Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, April 2018.

“The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. Oxford University Press. Article published February 2018. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.013.493

“On the Antebellum Fringe: Lumbee Indians, Slavery, and Removal,” Native South 10 (2017): 40-59.

”Kinship and Capitalism in the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations,” book chapter for The Native South: New Histories and Enduring Legacies, ed. Tim Alan Garrison and Greg O’Brien. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017. 200-219.

“‘You Seem Like a Pied Man:’ Racial Ambiguity and Murder in Montgomery County, Georgia, 1893,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 14 (Fall 2015): 541-550.

I also work in documentary film production, most recently as a co-producer with Markay Media, including Private Violence (broadcast on HBO in 2014), A Chef’s Life (currently airing on PBS), and Road to Race Day (streaming on Previous films include 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.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
5, 8
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Colonialism, Food History, Indigenous Peoples, Politics, Public History