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Ashley Minner

Ashley Minner is a lecturer in the Department of American Studies and UMBC’s resident folklorist, through a partnership with the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council. Ashley is also a community-based visual artist and storyteller. A member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, she has been active in the Baltimore Lumbee community for many years, and regularly visits communities throughout the U.S South and Latin America as well. Ashley holds a BFA in General Fine Art, an MA and an MFA in Community Art, which she earned at Maryland Institute College of Art. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies at University of Maryland College Park, where she is studying the relationship between the Baltimore Lumbee community and the neighborhood where they first settled.


  • PhD Candidate, Department of American Studies, University of Maryland College Park
  • MFA, Community Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art
Selected Publications:
  • “Revisiting the Reservation of Baltimore’s Fells Point” in Baltimore Revisited: Rethinking and Reimagining a Right to the City, N. King and K. Drabinski, eds. Rutgers University Press, forthcoming.
  • “A conversation with Ashley Minner, Baltimore American Indian Center,” in Engaging Heritage: Engaging Communities, B. Onciul, S. Hawke and M. Stefano, eds. Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2017.
  • “Standing in the Gap: Lumbee Cultural Preservation at the Baltimore American Indian Center” in The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage, M. Stefano and P. Davis, eds. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • AMST 101 – Introduction to American Studies
  • AMST 345 – Indigenous Heritage: Issues of Representation and Ownership


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