Center Director

Lisa Lowe is Distinguished Professor of English and Humanities, and joined Tufts in 2012, after teaching at the University of California, San Diego, and Yale University. She studied European intellectual history at Stanford University, and French literature and critical theory at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and began as a scholar of French and comparative literature. Her research and teaching has since focused on literatures and cultures of encounter that emerge from histories of colonialism, migration, and globalization. She is the author of books on the literatures of French and British colonialisms, on Asian immigration to the United States, and on transnational debates on the concept of culture. Her most recent book, The Intimacies of Four Continents, is a study of cultural, economic, and political links between Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Mellon Foundations, and the American Council of Learned Societies, and she has held distinguished visitor positions at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. At Tufts, she is a founding member of the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora.