Dr. Allyson Lowe is the Dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change at Carlow University. A political scientist by training, Dr. Lowe is committed to fostering an engaged citizenry and connecting theory to practice for students and community members alike. She has previously served as Chair in the Department of Political Science and University Pre-Law Advisor.

Prior to joining the faculty at Carlow University, her interest in advocacy and civic engagement took her to Chatham University where she served as the Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy, and held the Elsie Hillman Chair in Politics.

As a political scientist grounded in the study the European Union, she has been awarded a Fulbright, holds a membership in the American Council on Germany, and has taught courses in comparative politics and international relations.

Dr. Lowe was recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine in the 2014 Best Professors edition and was a 40 Under 40 Top Professional recipient in 2009. She also received the Sisters of Mercy Award for Excellence in Advising, recognizing her dedication to student success.

A proud Ohioan, Dr. Lowe graduated summa cum laude from Miami University in political science and earned her master’s and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, where she specialized in comparative politics and women’s studies.

When not in the office, she can be found cheering for the Buckeyes, trying new recipes (with mixed success!) and traveling.

Research Interests

Research Interests: Trained in comparative politics and women's studies, Dr. Lowe's research interests include policy development in the European Union, women in politics in the US and internationally, and marginalized populations. As a practitioner in higher education, she has also written about study abroad/study away, curriculum development and managing university change processes.