Lisa Lowe

Professor of American Studies

Lisa Lowe’s work focuses on literatures and cultures of encounter that emerge from histories of colonialism, immigration, and globalization. She is known especially for her work on French and British colonialisms and postcolonial literature, Asian immigration and Asian American studies, race and empire, and comparative global humanities. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Mellon Foundations, the UC Humanities Research Institute, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has authored books on orientalism, immigration, and globalization, such as Critical Terrains: French and British Orientalisms, Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics, and the monograph The Intimacies of Four Continents, among others. She earned her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her B.A. in History from Stanford University.