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University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's professor appointed as second Cahoon Family Professor in Emory College

Andrew Alvarez
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ATLANTA, GA — A documentary film producer and acclaimed historian Malinda Maynor Lowery has been appointed as the second Cahoon Family Professor in American History in Emory College of Arts and Sciences on June 9.

Upon the announcement of the appointment, Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences Michael A. Elliot welcomed and spoke highly of Lowery, saying, “Malinda Lowery is nationally renowned as a historian and a scholarly leader. I am thrilled to welcome her as a colleague who will play an important role in shaping the future of the university and its engagement with Native American studies.”

This fall, Lowery will join the faculty and start teaching while at the same time she will also strengthen the presence of Native and Indigenous studies at Emory.

Her profession now is a history professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she also serves as director of UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South.

Lowery admitted she was attracted to Emory for its emphasis on cross-department collaborations and the opportunity to add cultural context to student experiences and various fields.

The Department Chair and Professor of History Joe Crespino said that he helped recruit Lowery to Emory. “She is a model of the citizen scholar. I can’t imagine a better person to take up the mantle of the Cahoon Family Chair.”

Before Lowery, the first professorship in American history was awarded to Susan Cahoon, an emeritus trustee. At age 15, she joined Emory College and graduated with the highest honors in economic in 1968. She then received a law degree with honors from the Harvard University.

Cahoon endowed the first Cahoon Family Professorship in American History to honor her family in 2008. Patrick Allitt, who specializes in religious, intellectual, and environmental history, now holds the Cahoon Family Professor in American History.

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