Jessica Locklear

Jessica Locklear

Education

BA, University of North Carolina, Pembroke
MA, Temple University

Research Interests

American Indian History
Migration
Identity
Public History
Oral History

Dissertation

The Other Lands We Know: Lumbee Migrations and the Maintenance of Indian Identity, 1880-1980

Faculty Advisor

Malinda Maynor Lowery

Biography

Jessica Locklear is a PhD student studying U.S. history with a focus on American Indian history. She is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Jessica's dissertation research examines the history of Lumbee migrations from the 1880s into the late 20th century. She is interested in examining the ways Native people use mobility as a tool for survival and for retaining distinct identities.

Jessica received a master's degree in history with a public history concentration from Temple University in 2020. She received her bachelor's degree in history and American Indian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2017. Jessica has professional experience working in archives and oral history and enjoys finding creative ways for people to engage with historical scholarship.