The states below the Mason-Dixon line in America are rich in heritage and notable for change, but a local university department that studies them is also changing.

The Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill has appointed Dr. Malinda Maynor Lowery to succeed Dr. Kenneth Janken as its newest director.

Lowery is a professor of history who is known for writing Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South and co-producing a variety of films about issues faced by Native Americans.

She expressed excitement at the prospect of making CSAS a regional hub for “multidisciplinary, participatory research across the humanities, arts and social sciences.”

CSAS also works to preserve voices of the Antebellum era through its Southern Oral History Program, which has archived over 5,000 interviews since its inception.

Previous positions held by Lowery include teaching appointments at Harvard University, San Francisco State University and North Carolina State University.

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