Lisa Lowe


Joint Appointment,
Department of Literature and
Department of Ethnic Studies

Office Location

Literature Building, LIT 440
Phone: 858-534-3853
Fax: 858-534-7315

Affiliated Faculty in Critical Gender Studies Program

Office Hours

Fall 2011: TBA

Winter 2012: TBA

Spring 2012: TBA

2011-12 Courses

Fall 2011

Winter 2011

Spring 2011

Current Position

2011-12: UC President's Faculty Research Fellow
Fall 2011: W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University
Winter/Spring 2012: School of Advanced Study, University of London


PhD, Literature, UC Santa Cruz
BA, History, Stanford University

Research Interests

U.S.-Asian relations; race, immigration, and culture; globalization: comparative colonialisms;  transnational feminisms

Selected Publications

"Metaphors of Globalization." Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice. Ranu Samantrai, Joe Parker, and Mary Romero, eds. Albany: State University of New York, 2010.

Reckoning Nation and Empire." Blackwell Companion to American Studies. John Carlos Rowe, ed., Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2010.

"Autobiography Out of Empire." A Future Beyond Empire. Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism  28 (March 2009): 98-111.

"Globalization." Keywords in American Cultural Studies. Bruce Burgett and Glen Hendler, eds. New York: New York University Press, 2007.

"The Intimacy of Four Continents." Haunted by Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in North American History. Ann Laura Stoler, ed. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006.

"Utopia and Modernity: Some Observations from the Border." Rethinking Marxism 13/2 (Spring 2001): 10-18.

"The International within the National: American Studies and Asian American Critique." Cultural Critique 40 (Fall 1998): 29-47. Republished in The Futures of American Studies, Donald Pease and Robyn Weigman, eds. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003. Italian translation in I volti dell'altro. Letterature della diaspora e migranti. Paola Boi and Radhouan Ben Amara, eds. Cagliari: Editions AV, 2003.

"Work, Immigration, Gender:  New Subjects of Cultural Politics" Social Justice 25.3 (Issue 73, Fall 1998):  31-29.  Republished in American Studies: A Reader, Janice Radway, Kevin Gaines, et al., eds.  Malden and Oxford:  Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.  Republished in The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, Second Edition.  Vincent Leitch, Barbara Johnson, et al., eds.  New York:  Norton, 2010.

The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital (with David Lloyd). Durham: Duke University Press, 1997.

New Formations, New Questions: Asian American Studies (with Elaine Kim). Special issue of positions: east asia cultures critique,5.2 (Fall 1997).

Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics. Durham: Duke University Press, 1996. 

"Unfaithful to the Original: the Subject of Dictée." In Writing Self, Writing Nation: Selected Essays on Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's DICTEE, Elaine Kim, et al., eds. Berkeley: Third Woman Press, 1994. Republished inGender and Colonialism, Lionel Pilkington, et al., eds. Galway, Ireland: Galway University Press, 1996. Japanese translation in Ikyo no Shintai: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha wo megutte. Yasuko Ikeuchi and Masahiko Nishi, eds. Kyoto: Jimbun Shoin, 2006. 

"Heterogeneity, Hybridity, Multiplicity: Marking Asian American Differences." Diaspora, 1:1 (Spring 1991):24-44. Japanese translation in Shisho: Contemporary Sociology, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten Publishers, 1996. Republished in Contemporary Asian American Studies, Min Zhou and James V. Gatewood, eds. New York: New York University Press, 2000; in Asian American Studies: A Reader, Jean Yu-wen Shen Wu and Min Song, eds. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2000; in Literary Theory: An Anthology (2nd ed.) Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan, eds. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2003; in A Companion to Asian American Studies, Kent A. Ono, ed. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2004. Republished in Theorizing Diaspora, Jana Evans Braziel and Anita Mannur, eds. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2003.

Critical Terrains: French and British Orientalisms. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1991.

Editorial Work

Advisory Boards of positions: east asia culture(s) critique, Signs: Journal of Women, Culture, and Society