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Marie Lowe

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Work Phone: 907-786-6534


Research: globalization and economic development, resource management, youth, education, Alaska and arctic communities.

  • Ph.D., Applied Anthropology, Columbia University, 2006.
  • M.Phil. Applied Anthropology, Columbia University, 2002
  • MA, Anthropology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2000.
  • BS, Economics, Lehigh University, 1991.

I am an applied anthropologist and have been a public policy faculty member at ISER since 2006. For over 25 years, Alaska’s coastal life has played an important role in my relationship with the state, and I started out as an anthropologist studying community effects of industrial fisheries development in the Aleutians. I have since gravitated toward other topics addressing cultural dimensions of resource management, economic development, and social policy. Current projects include an NSF funded study examining post-secondary scholarship outcomes for Alaska Native youth and rural development in Bering Sea communities, as facilitated by the Community Development Quota program. I have a joint appointment in the UAA Anthropology program, where I teach an introductory cultural anthropology course and an upper division course called Culture and Globalization. I also conduct program evaluations and I am currently evaluating youth development and cultural enrichment programs for the Anchorage School District. My family and I appreciate all-Alaska pastimes such as beachcombing, fishing, skiffing, dogs, and science fiction. As a first generation Swedish American, I enjoy exploring my cultural heritage through cooking, collecting textiles, and as an avid fan of Ingmar Bergman films.


Selected Publications and Reports:

  • Lowe, Marie E. and Linda Leask. February 2017. Understanding Alaska Water Rights. Anchorage: Institute of Social and Economic Research.
  • Lowe, Marie E. 2015. Localized Practices and Globalized Futures: Challenges for Alaska Coastal Community Youth. Maritime Studies 14(6): 1-25.
  • Naves, L.C., Simeone, W.E., Lowe, M.E., McCall Valentine, E., Stickwan, G., and Brady, J. 2015. Cultural Consensus on Salmon Fisheries and Ecology in the Copper River, Alaska. Arctic (68 (2): 210-222.
  • 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. and Courtney Carothers, eds. 2008. Enclosing the Fisheries: People, Places, and Power. Bethesda, MD: American Fisheries Society.
  • 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. 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 Meghan Wilson. 2007. Land Tenure and Salmon Habitat Management in Alaska’s Copper River Watershed. Polar Geography 30 (3-4): 83-106.
  • Gunnar Knapp and Marie E. Lowe. 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.

Enclosing the Fisheries book coverEnclosing the Fisheries: People, Places and Power
Dr. Lowe’s co-edited volume, published by the American Fisheries Society, examines effects of restricted access management in fisheries on people and their communities. Economic logic that guides the limitation and privatization of access rights seeks to address overcapitalization and inefficiencies that result from open access fisheries. This type of fisheries management, often called rationalization, has gained international common-sense appeal. Yet the contested social impacts of restricted access, market-based resource management programs are increasingly documented in academic literature and continue to be a focus of social resistance and mobilization among those who have been displaced, or rationalized out of fishing in this process. The outcomes of ownership consolidation, loss of jobs and income, decreased labor mobility, prohibitive entry costs, loss of fishing rights from small communities and other distributional inequities can be understood broadly as the sociocultural effects of fisheries access restrictions this volume addresses. The book’s chapters draw on ethnographic research in coastal communities in Alaska, British Columbia, Iceland, and New Zealand. This diverse collection of papers demonstrates the wide reach of privatization discourses and policies as experienced by people and communities dependent on fishing for livelihood and identity.

Curriculum Vitae: Marie Lowe’s Vita (PDF, 51KB)