Working at the intersection of Folklore, Africana Studies, Anthropology, and Refugee and Migration Studies, his research focuses on African oral traditions, communal storytelling, and cultural reimagination in the aftermath of violence, displacement, and profound social rupture. Fluent in Kiswahili and Kinyarwanda, Lowell has conducted extensive fieldwork in communities throughout Rwanda and Tanzania.
Lowell's current and forthcoming courses include:
- The Folklore of Emergency: Change, Continuity, and Communal Creativity Amid Crisis (Fall 2020)
- Internet Folklore, Online Communities, and Digital Ethnography (Spring 2021)
- The Art and Craft of Scholarly Storytelling (Fall 2020)
- The Folklore of Race and Ethnicity (Fall 2021)
- Fieldwork and Ethnography in Folklore
- The Storyteller in Flight: Migrant Narratives, Refugee Camp Cultures, and the Arts of Displacement
- African Storytellers and Oral Traditions
In addition to his position in Folklore and Mythology, Lowell has affiliations with the African Language Program at Harvard, The Immigration Initiative, the Department of African and African American Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Quincy House. As a Resident Tutor in Quincy House, Lowell mentors and supports a wide range of undergraduates in his capacity as a specialist in Postgraduate Fellowships; Race, Diversity, and Inclusion; Study Abroad; and Writing.
Lowell earned a PhD in African and African American Studies from Harvard, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and a B.A. in English, and African Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.