Staff Directory


Edward Lowe, PhD

Professor of Anthropology

Phone: 949-480-4387

Fax: 949-480-4158


Faculty - Full-Time


  • Ph.D. Social Science, University of California - Irvine
  • B.S. Psychology, Texas A&M University
  • B.A. Anthropology, Texas A&M University

Positions Held

  • 2005 - Present, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Soka University of America
  • 2001-2005, Assistant Research Anthropologist, University of California - Los Angeles
  • 1999-2001, Post-Doctoral Trainee, Dept. of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Science, University of Calirno-Los Angeles 

Research Interests

  • I am a psychological anthropologist specializing in how families and individuals cope with economic insecurity and during times of rapid social, cultural, and economic change. I have conducted ethnographic research in the islands of Chuuk, Micronesia for over 20 years and also written extensively about urban poverty and family life in the United States. I am currently the editor of Ethos: The Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology.

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • Lowe, E. D. (2016). Methods to Inform Public Problems: Toward and Ecocultural Framing of Poverty. In M. C. Hay (ed.), Methods that Matter: Integrating Mixed Methods for More Effective Social Science Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Mistry, R.S., Lowe, E.D., Benner, A.D., & Chien, N. (2008). Expanding the Family Economic Stress Model: Insights from a Mixed-Methods Approach. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 70: 196-209.
  • Lowe, E.D. and Johnson, A.W. (2007). Tales of Danger: Parental Protection and Child Development in Stories from Chuuk. Ethnology 46:151-168.
  • Yoshikawa, H., Weisner, T.S., & Lowe, E.D. (Eds.). (2006). Making it Work: Low-Wage Employment, Family Life, and Child Development. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Mistry, R. S. & Lowe, E.D. (2006). What Earnings and Income Buy -- “The Basics” Plus “a Little Extra”: Implications for Family and Child Well-Being. In H. Yoshikawa, T. S. Weisner, & E. D. Lowe (Eds. ), Making it Work: Low-Wage Employment, Family Life, and Child Development (pp. 173-205). New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
  • Weisner, T.S. & Lowe, E.D. (2005). Globalization and the Psychological Anthropology of Childhood and Adolescence. In C. Casey & R. Edgerton (Eds.), A Companion to Psychological Anthropology: Modernity and Psychocultural Change (pp. 315-336). Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, U.K.
  • Lowe, E.D. & Weisner, T.S. (2004). “You have to push it – who’s gonna raise your kids?” Situating child care and child care subsidy use in the daily routines of lower income families. Children and Youth Services Review 26(2): 143-171.
  • Lowe, E.D. (2003a). Identity, Activity, and the Well-Being of Adolescents and Youth: Lessons from Young People in a Micronesian Society. Culture Medicine and Psychiatry 27:187-219.
  • Lowe, E.D. (2002). A Widow, a Child, and Two Lineages: exploring kinship and attachment in Chuuk. American Anthropologist, 104(1): 123-137.
  • Lowe, E. D. (2001). Globalisation and the mental health of youth in pacific island societies. Development Bulletin, 56: 31-34.

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Human Origins
  • Enduring Questions in Contemporary Contexts
  • Globalization in Oceania
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Power, Poverty, & Urban Life
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Urban Anthropology 

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Editor, Ethos 2012 - Present
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (UCLA) 1999