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Edward Lowe, PhD

Professor of Anthropology

Phone: 949-480-4387

Fax: 949-480-4158

Email: elowe@soka.edu

http://sites.soka.edu/faculty/elowe/

Faculty - Full-Time

Education

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

Positions Held

  • 2019 - Present Professor of Anthropology, Soka University of America
  • 2005-2019 Associate Professor of Anthropology, Soka University of America
  • 2001-2005 Assistant Research Anthropologist, Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science, UC Los Angeles
  • 1999-2001 Post-Doctoral Trainee, Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science, UC Los Angeles

Research Interests

  • I am a psychological and urban anthropologist. My research interests include processes of social and cultural change and their effects on family and individual well-being, urban poverty, kinship and human resilience, emotion and affect, phenomenology and the mind as emergent within active entanglements in emplaced settings. I have conducted research in Chuuk (Micronesia), the United States, and, most recently, Germany. From 2012 to 2018, I was the Editor of the flagship journal for psychological anthropology, Ethos.

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

  • Schnegg M. and E. D. Lowe (Eds.). 2020. Comparing Cultures: Innovations in Comparative Ethnography. Cambridge University Press.
  • Lowe, E. D. and M. Schnegg. (2020). Introduction: Why Comparative Methods Remain Essential to Anthropological Practice. In Comparing Cultures: Innovations in Comparative Ethnography. Cambridge University Press.
  • Lowe, E.D. (2020). A Critical Comparative Analysis of Late 20th Century Suicide Epidemics in Chuuk and Samoa. In Comparing Cultures: Innovations in Comparative Ethnography. Cambridge University Press.
  • Lowe, E. D. and M. Schnegg. (2020). Introduction: Why Comparative Methods Remain Essential to Anthropological Practice. In Comparing Cultures: Innovations in Comparative Ethnography. Cambridge University Press. 
  • Lowe, E.D. (2020). A Critical Comparative Analysis of Late 20th Century Suicide Epidemics in Chuuk and Samoa. In Comparing Cultures: Innovations in Comparative Ethnography. Cambridge University Press.
  • Lowe, E.D. (Forthcoming). Suicide Epidemics, Post-Colonial Governance, and the Image of the Recalcitrant Native in Oceania. In A. Patterson and I. Read (Eds.), The SHAPE of Epidemics: Socio-Historical, Artistic, Political and Ecological Expressions of Global Disease.    Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Lowe, E.D. (2019). Epidemic Suicide in the Context of Modernizing Social Change in Oceania: A Critical Review and Assessment. The Contemporary Pacific 31(1): 105-138.
  • Lowe, E.D. (2019). Social Change and Micronesian Suicide Mortality: A Test of Competing Hypotheses. Cross-Cultural Research. 53(1):3-32.
  • Lowe, E.D. & C. Strauss (Eds.) (2018). Special Issue on Poverty and Personhood. Ethos 46(3): 299-373.
  • Lowe, E.D. (2018). “Whatever I Have to Do That’s Right:” Culture and the Precariousness of Personhood in a Poor Urban Neighborhood. Ethos 46(3):311-329.
  • Lowe, E.D. & Strauss, C. (2018). Poverty and Personhood: Person-Centered Approaches in the Study of Culture and Poverty. Ethos 46(3): 299-310.
  • Lowe, E. D. (2018). Kinship, Funerals and the Durability of Culture in Chuuk. In N. Quinn (Ed.), Advances in Culture Theory from Psychological Anthropology. Culture, Mind, and Society Series. Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Lowe, E.D. (2017). Oceania: An Overview. In S. Barter and M. Wiener (Eds.) The Pacific Basin: An Introduction. Pp. 13-23. London: Routledge.
  • Lowe, E.D. (2017). Rapid Societal Change and Mental Health Vulnerabilities in the Pacific Basin. In S. Barter and M. Wiener (Eds.) The Pacific Basin: An Introduction. Pp. 168-176. London: Routledge.
  • 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, pp 157–184. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Lowe, E.D. & 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.
  • 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. (2002a). A Widow, a Child, and Two Lineages: exploring kinship and attachment in Chuuk. American Anthropologist, 104(1): 123-137.

Courses Taught at SUA

Urban Anthropology

People and Globalization in the Pacific

Medical Anthropology

Human Origins

Power, Poverty and Urban Life

Anthropology of the Urban Green

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Theory in Anthropology

Selected Honors & Awards

  •    Award of Academic Excellence 2019
  •    Professor of the Year 2008, 2010