Kimberly Lowe Frank

Assistant Professor

Headshot Kimberly Lowe

Kimberly's research focuses on the development of transnational humanitarian activism and international humanitarian law in twentieth-century Europe.

Her first book project analyzes the International Red Cross movement’s revision of international humanitarian rights discourse after the First World War. Her second book project examines the effect of decolonization on the International Red Cross Movement from 1947 to 1977, decades during which this traditionally Eurocentric movement asserted its relevance to post-colonial regimes and anti-colonial liberation movements in a rapidly changing geo-political landscape. 

She holds a PhD in History from Yale University, an MA and MPhil in History from Yale University, and a BA in History from Pepperdine University.


  • “Humanitarianism and National Sovereignty: Red Cross Intervention on Behalf of Political Prisoners in Soviet Russia, 1921–3.” Journal of Contemporary History 49, no. 4 (2014): doi:10.1177/0022009414538471.
  • “Navigating the profits and pitfalls of governmental partnerships: the ICRC and intergovernmental relief, 1918–23.” Disasters, 39: s204–s218. doi: 10.1111/disa.12154.
  • “The International Red Cross, the League of Nations, and Humanitarian Assistance Regimes, 1918-1939,” in Decades of Reconstruction: Postwar Societies, State-Building, and International Relations, from the Seven Years War to the Cold War, eds. Ute Planert and James Retallack, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
  • “The League of Red Cross Societies and International Committee of the Red Cross: a re-evaluation of American influence in interwar internationalism.” Moving the Social – Journal of Social History and the History of Social Movements/Mitteilungsblatt des Instituts für soziale Bewegungen, Special Issue: Transnational Humanitarian Action: Atlantic and Global Voluntary Activities from Abolitionism to the NGOs, 1800-2000, forthcoming.