Lisa Lowe is Professor of English and American Studies at Tufts University, and a member of the consortium of studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. She began as a scholar of comparative literature, and her work has focused on literatures and cultures of encounter that emerge from histories of colonialism, immigration, and globalization. Before joining Tufts in 2012, she taught at Yale University and University of California, San Diego. She is the author of Critical Terrains: French and British Orientalisms (Cornell UP, 1991), Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (Duke UP, 1996), and the coeditor of The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital (Duke UP, 1997). Her new book, The Intimacies of Four Continents, a study of settler colonialism, slavery, and the East Indies and China trades in goods and people, is forthcoming from Duke University Press in May 2015.