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Eugene Lowe, Jr.

Eugene Lowe, Jr.

  • Senior Lecturer, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Instructor, Higher Education Administration and Policy

Research Interests

American religion, social gospel, progressivism, and diversity in higher education.


Eugene Y. Lowe, Jr. holds faculty appointments in the Religious Studies Department in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Social Policy, where he teaches regularly in the master's program in Higher Education Administration and Policy.

Externally, he represents Northwestern on the Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and on the Senior Diversity Officers Group of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

From 1983-1993 he served as dean of students (chief undergraduate student affairs officer) and as a member of the religion department at Princeton University.

A historian of American religion, his writings about religion, race and American culture have appeared in a number of books and journals, including the recently published Encyclopedia of Religion in America (CQ Press, 2010). He served as a member of the Teagle Foundation sponsored working group of the American Academy of Religion on the religious studies major and liberal education. His book, Promise and Dilemma: Perspectives on Racial Diversity and Higher Education (Princeton University Press, 1999) is based on work sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

He has served as a consultant-evaluator for the United States Department of Education and the Pew Charitable Trusts. He is a member of the external Advisory Board of the Stanford University Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.

He is a trustee of Berea College, Berea, Kentucky, and Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston and has served as president of the Board of Episcopal Charities and Community Services in Chicago.


  • PhD, Union Theological Seminary, 1987
  • MDiv, Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, 1978
  • BA, Religion, Princeton University, 1971

Selected Publications

(June, 2010). in Lippy, Charles H.; Williams, Peter, Encyclopedia of Religion in America  SAGE Publications.

Lowe, E. (1999). Promise and Dilemma: Perspectives on Racial Diversity and Higher Education. Princeton University Press.