In Brief

New Distinguished Professors Named

Professor of English Lisa Lowe and Fletcher School’s Jeswald Salacuse receive the academic honor
June 21, 2016


Lisa Lowe of the School of Arts and Sciences and Jeswald Salacuse of the Fletcher School have been appointed Distinguished Professors, an honor reserved for senior faculty members who have made exceptional contributions to their disciplines, their students and the university as teachers and scholars who exemplify the best of Tufts.

Distinguished Professors are recommended by school deans and approved by the provost and the president. There are eight other Distinguished Professors at Tufts, two each in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, the School of Medicine and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Lowe is a professor in the Department of English, and also teaches in various programs in the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora. Beginning July 1, she will be the director of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts.

Lisa Lowe. Photo: Wen-Ti TsenBefore arriving at Tufts in 2012, Lowe was a professor of comparative literature at the University of California, San Diego. Her areas of specialization are modern British, French and American literatures, and her research has been especially concerned with the study of literatures and cultures of encounter that emerge from histories of colonialism, immigration and globalization. She has written books on French and British orientalisms, Asian Americans and Asian immigration to the United States, and the politics of culture within globalization. Her most recent book, The Intimacies of Four Continents (Duke University Press, 2015), examines settler colonialism, transatlantic African slavery, and the East Indies and China trades in goods and people as conditions for modern European liberalism and empire.

She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Mellon foundations, the UC Humanities Research Institute, the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. During the 2016-17 academic year, she will lead a Mellon Sawyer Seminar on “Comparative Global Humanities: Colonialisms, Violence and Conditions for the Human.” Lowe has a B.A. in history from Stanford University and a doctorate in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Jeswald Salacuse. Photo: Alonso NicholsSalacuse is the Henry J. Braker Professor of Law, a former dean of the Fletcher School, and the co-founder of Fletcher’s International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program. His teaching and research focus includes international negotiation, law and development, and international investment law.

During his wide-ranging career, Salacuse has been a Wall Street lawyer; a lecturer, professor and dean; and an advisor in the U.S., Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has held leadership positions in international organizations and served as a consultant to multinational companies, U.S. government agencies, universities, foundations and foreign governments. He has been at Tufts since 1986; prior to that, he was dean of Southern Methodist University Law School in Dallas.

He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School; a lecturer and professor in Nigeria, Congo and Sudan; a Middle East advisor for the Ford Foundation based in Lebanon; the Ford Foundation’s representative in Sudan; a visiting professor in the United Kingdom, France and Spain; and the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Comparative Law in Italy. Salacuse was the founding president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs and chairman of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars as well.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute and the executive committee and faculty of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He is also chairman of the India Fund and Asia Tigers Fund, and president and a member of the international arbitration tribunals of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, deciding legal disputes between governments and foreign investors.

The author of 15 books, Salacuse has most recently published works including the second edition of his widely cited The Law of Investment Treaties (Oxford University Press, 2015), The Three Laws of International Investment (Oxford University Press, 2013), and Negotiating Life: Secrets for Everyday Diplomacy and Deal Making (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He holds an A.B. from Hamilton College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a diploma from the University of Paris.