Celia Lowe

Membership:  2015

Member Bio

Celia Lowe was a Carson Fellow from July 2014 to December 2014 and from March 2015 to April 2014.
Celia Lowe is an associate professor of anthropology and international studies at the University of Washington. She works in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, in the the field of post-colonial science studies, and her main interest is in the travels of biological and other forms of scientific knowledge between EuroAmerica and Southeast Asia. Her first book, Wild Profusion: Biodiversity Conservation in an Indonesian Archipelago was published with Princeton University Press in 2006. She is currently working on the recent H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in Indonesia and is interested in the way new forms of biosecurity and risk were in play in relation to the disease. In addition to this work, she studies practices of scholarly collaboration in the social sciences between US-based and Southeast Asian scholars. Lowe also served as a consultant for the Ford Foundation and the Asian University for Women in this field.


  • Wild Profusion: Biodiversity Conservation in an Indonesian Archipelago. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.
  • "Viral Clouds: Becoming H5N1 in Indonesia." Cultural Anthropology 4 (2010): 625–49.
  • "Preparing Indonesia: H5N1 Influenza through the Lens of Global Health." Indonesia 90 (2010): 147–70.
  • "Extinction is Forever: Temporalities of Science, Nation, and State in Indonesia." In Timely Assets: Natural Resources and Their Temporalities, edited by Mandana Limbert and Elizabeth Ferry, 107–28. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press, 2008.
  • "Making the Monkey: How the Togean Macaque went from 'New Form' to 'Endemic Species' in Indonesians’ Conservation Biology." Cultural Anthropology 19 (2004): 491–516.