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Marie Lowe

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology, Public Policy, and ISER
Diplomacy Building 508/BMH 215

(907) 786-6534


  • Ph.D., Applied Anthropology, Columbia University, 2006


Marie Lowe is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and conducts applied sociocultural and policy research in the context of globalization, economic development, and education in Alaska.  She holds a joint appointment between UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) and its Department of Anthropology and teaches courses in cultural anthropology, applied anthropology, and on the topic of culture and globalization. In her position as an applied public policy researcher at ISER, she has examined community impacts of federal restructuring in Alaska’s fisheries, conducted local knowledge and resource management studies, traced rural-urban migration patterns in Alaska, examined rural youth aspirations, and is conducting youth and educational program evaluations.  She is currently leading a 3-year National Science Foundation project examining higher education scholarship outcomes for Bering Sea community residents.

Research Interests

  • Sociocultural anthropology
  • Economic development
  • Resource management
  • Migration
  • Youth culture
  • Education
  • Alaska


Lowe, Marie E. 2012.  Alaska Coastal Community Youth and the Future.  Anchorage: Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Lowe, Marie E. 2011.  Arctic observing network social indicators and northern commercial fisheries. Polar Geography 34 (1-2): 87-105.

Lowe, Marie E. 2010.  Contemporary Rural-Urban Migration in Alaska.  Alaska Journal of Anthropology. 8(2):71-88.

Lowe, Marie E.  2009.  New Students in the Anchorage School District: Where Are They From? Anchorage: Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Lowe, Marie E.  2008. Crab Rationalization and Potential Community Impacts of Vertical Integration in Alaska’s Fisheries.  In: Enclosing the Fisheries: People, Places, and Power.  Marie E. Lowe and Courtney Carothers, eds.  Bethesda, MD: American Fisheries Society.    

Lowe, Marie E. and Meghan Wilson.  2007.  Land Tenure and Salmon Habitat Management in Alaska’s Copper River Watershed.  Polar Geography 30 (3-4): 83-106.

Lowe, Marie E. 2007.  Socioeconomic Review of Alaska’s Bristol Bay Region.  Prepared for the North Star Group.  Anchorage: Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Lowe, Marie E. and Gunnar Knapp   2007.  Social and Economic Impacts of Crab Rationalization on Aleutian East Borough Communities. Report prepared for the Aleutians East Borough.  Anchorage: Institute of Social and Economic Research.   

Lowe, Marie E.  2007.  Copper River Salmon Habitat Management Study.  Prepared for Ecotrust.  Anchorage: Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Lowe, Marie E. 2006.  The Impact of Industrialized Fishing on Localized Social and Environmental Change in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Dissertation. Columbia University.