Dr Lowe's research and teaching focus on Continental European history; the history of humanitarianism, human rights, and non-governmental organizations; the history of modern warfare and societies at war.
Professional Title: Assistant Professor of European History
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Dr. Lowe'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.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Dr. Lowe will be teaching courses on modern European history, genocide in comparative perspective, and international humanitarian organizations.
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: CHIST 3600: Modern European History
CHIST 3450: History of International Humanitarian Organizations (online)
CHUMS 3500: Postcolonial History and Literature
CHUMS 3700: Paris at the Crossroads: Political Revolutions and Artistic Transformations
CHIST 2338: Twentieth Century World History
CHIST 1150: Genocide and the International Community (First Year Seminar)
Education: Ph.D. in History from Yale University; MA and MPhil in History from Yale University; and BA in History from Pepperdine University
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: “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.
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