Edward Lowe, PhD

Faculty - Full-Time
edward lowe
Professor of Anthropology
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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 more than 20 years and also written extensively about urban poverty and family life in the United States. I previously served as the editor of Ethos: The Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology.

  • Post-Doctoral Trainee, University of California Los Angeles
  • PhD Social Science, University of California Irvine
  • BS Psychology, Texas A&M University
  • BA Anthropology, Texas A&M University
  • 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

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.

  • 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.
  • 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, University of California at Los Angeles
  • 1999-2001, Post-Doctoral Trainee, Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science, University of California at Los Angeles
  • Award of Academic Excellence 2019
  • Professor of the Year 2008, 2010