Chris Oakley, PhD

Professor, Department of History

Christopher Arris Oakley specializes in Southern Native American History. He has published scholarly articles in The North Carolina Historical Review, Mississippi Quarterly, The Native South, and Southern Cultures. He has also presented papers at a number of professional conferences, including the Southern History Conference, the Western History Conference, the Native American Indigenous Studies Conference, and the Ethnohistory Conference.  In 2005, University of Nebraska Press published Oakley’s first book, Keeping the Circle: American Indian Identity in Eastern North Carolina 1885-2004, as part of its Indians of the Southeast series.  His newest book is New South Indians: Tribal Economics and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the Twentieth Century, published by the University of Tennessee Press in 2018.


Native American history