• Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


David Shane Lowry obtained his bachelor of science degree in anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina. His scholarship focuses on human empathy. His graduate research took place between 2009 and 2012 when he spent hundreds of hours with missionaries, healthcare providers, and social justice advocates from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

Lowry is writing two books. One book is an anthropology of Michael Jordan, and the other book is a story of how the Lumbee Tribe became a hub for healing in America. Lowry is currently part of an interdisciplinary research team that is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the environmental aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in North Carolina. He will be teaching courses in cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, and other topics related to his research and writing.


  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • Society for Medical Anthropology (Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group)
  • Medication Errors Working Group (Patient Safety Movement Foundation)


  • (2016) National Science Foundation (NSF) RAPID Grant for “Hurricane Matthew:Impacts of Extreme Flooding on Hydrologic Connectivity and Water Quality in the Atlantic Coastal Plain and Implications for Vulnerable Populations” ($50,000, Awarded 11/7/2016, #1712345/#1712176)
  • (2014 - 2016) Advisor to “Community Health Workers Partnership of Lake County”(total project award: $58,700). This was a projected funded by local government in Lake County, Illinois. I collaborated with Hispanic and Black community health worker (CHW) organizations to streamline educational goals for students entering the CHW profession
  • (2009 - 2012) National Science Foundation (NSF), Graduate Research Fellow, as a PhD student at UNC-Chapel Hill ($30,000/year plus tuition & health insurance

Publications (Selected)

  • "RedPilling: White Racial Privilege and Drug Policy in American Healthcare," Lowry, David, Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 2018.
  • "'I Know You!': Understanding Racial Experience and Racial Practice Within the Lumbee Indian Community." Lowry, David, 2010.


  • Southeastern American Indian Studies Conference, Chapel Hill. Presented on "With These Hands: A Lumbee artist and a Lumbee anthropologist in conversation." 2016.
  • Chicago Medical School 14C Panel, North Chicago. Presented on "Cultural Awareness." 2016.
  • Office of Diversity and Executive Student Council at RFUMS, North Chicago. Presented on "Three effects of Christopher Columbus: why we should care." 2015.
  • Student National Medical Network (SNMA), North Chicago. Presented on "The Future of Medicine: Harsh Light, Soft Focus." 2015.
  • Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education, North Chicago. Presented on "The Vaccination Debate: A Report." 2015.
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