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Contact Info:
Tufts University
Department of English
6 The Green
Room 203, East Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2051
Email Professor
Lisa Lowe
Distinguished Professor
Director, Center for the Humanities

Ph.D. Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A. History, Stanford University

Research Interests

  • Comparative literature
  • British empire
  • U.S.-Asia studies
  • Transnational feminism

Courses Taught

  • Global Eighteenth Century
  • Asian diaspora literature
  • Metaphors of globalization
  • Decolonization and postcolonial thought

Publication Highlights


  • The Intimacies of Four Continents (Duke University Press, 2015)
  • The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital, with D. Lloyd (Duke University Press, 1997)
  • Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 1996)
  • Critical Terrains: French and British Orientalisms (Cornell University Press, 1991)

Recent Essays and Articles:

  • "Globalization," Keywords for American Cultural Studies, Second Ed., B. Burgett and G. Hendler, eds. (NYU Press, 2014
  • "Reckoning Nation and Empire," Blackwell Companion to American Studies, J.C. Rowe, ed. (Blackwell 2010)
  • "Metaphors of Globalization," Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice, R. Samantrai, et al., eds. (SUNY Press, 2010)
  • "Autobiography Out of Empire," Small Axe 28, Vol 13, No 1 (2009): 98-111
  • "The Gender of Sovereignty," The Scholar and the Feminist, Vol. 6.3 (Summer 2008)
  • "The Intimacies of Four Continents," Haunted By Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in North American History, A.L. Stoler, ed. (Duke University Press, 2006)
  • "Insufficient Difference," Ethnicities 4: 3 (2005): 409-414
  • "The International within the National," The Futures of American Studies, R. Weigman and D. Pease, eds. (Duke University Press, 2003)
  • "Immigrant Literatures: A Modern Structure of Feeling," Literature on the Move: Comparing Diasporic Ethnicities in Europe and the Americas, D. Marçais et al., eds. (Carl Winter, 2002)
  • "Utopia and Modernity: Some Observations from the Border," Rethinking Marxism 13/2 (Spring 2001): 10-18