University of Hertfordshire

Dr Emma Battell Lowman

Emma Battell Lowman

Dr Emma Battell Lowman


Emma Battell Lowman is Lecturer in the History of the Americas at the University of Hertfordshire.  To see the staff pages of my History colleagues click here


I am a historian whose interdisciplinary research into nineteenth and twentieth century histories of settler colonies/states is concerned with investigating power and knowledge production, colonialism and identity, and the embodied experience of domination and resistance. My research has focused on the trans-border areas of the Pacific Northwest, primarily what is currently called British Columbia, and the Niagara region of contemporary Ontario and New York State.


I publish in the areas of settler colonialism, missionary histories, histories of punishment and the body, and historical methodologies. My work is informed by Indigenous scholarship and is largely based in North America. My interdisciplinary approached is underpinned by my educational background: I hold a PhD in Sociology from the University of Warwick, and an MA in History from the University of Victoria. My undergraduate degree (HBASc) was in Combined Honours Arts & Science and French Literature with a Minor in Biology.


I have lived and worked in the UK since 2009 and I am a Settler Canadian from the overlapping territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, near Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Though focused in histories of colonization and practices of contemporary decolonization, my work is multidisciplinary and based in an ethical committment to address colonialisms that continue to privilege settler populations with disasterous impacts on Indigenous peoples.


I am also Adjunct Research Professor in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, Canada.

Prospective postgraduate students interested in global and local histories of (de)colonization, Indigenous resurgence, settler colonialism, Indigenous histories and methodologies, punishment and the body, historiography and historical practice, or any area of interest that touches on my published research or teaching are warmly invited to get in touch via email (in the first instance) to discuss potential projects and supervision:




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