Allyson Lowe Portrait

Allyson Lowe, Ph.D.

VP Academic Affairs
[email protected] 716.827.2550
Office Location: 225


Dr. Allyson Lowe is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Trocaire College. In this role, she oversees the college’s academic enterprise. She is energized to be a member of the Trocaire team and beginning in 2018, a new member of the Buffalo community at such an exciting time of regional transformation.

Prior to joining Trocaire, Dr. Lowe served as Dean of the College of Leadership and Social Change at Carlow University, another Mercy institution. There, she was also a tenured faculty member and served as department chair in political science and pre-law advisor.

Her academic and professional practice exemplifies her commitment to fostering an engaged citizenry and to connecting theory to practice for students and community members alike. Her interests in advocacy and civic engagement have also taken her to Chatham University in Pittsburgh, where she served as Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy, and held the Elsie Hillman Chair of Women and Politics.

She has been awarded a Fulbright and holds membership in the American Council on Germany based on her study of the EU and marginalized groups. She has led multiple grant-funded study abroad trips for college students. Dr. Lowe is also a program reviewer for non-profits and universities and provides advocacy training to a variety of non-profit organizations.


Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Fields: Political Science, Women’s Studies

MA, Political Science, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

BA, Political Science, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Experience

Vice President, Academic Affairs
Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY, 2018-Present

Inaugural Dean, College of Leadership and Social Change
Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2015-2018

Associate Professor, Political Science
Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA 2009-2018

  • 2014 Sister of Mercy Award for Excellence in Advising

Pre-Law Advisor and Board Member
Northeast Association of PreLaw Advisors (NAPLA)

Director, PA Center for Women Politics and Public Policy
Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004-2009

  • Responsible for oversight for programming, fundraising, operations, curriculum design and community programming including creating signature program Ready to Be Heard Advocacy Training and Ready to Run campaign training to improve the status of women in PA politics in this endowed Center.

Elsie Hillman Chair, Women and Politics
Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002-2004

Courses Taught

Until her arrival at Trocaire, Dr. Lowe was a faculty member and pre-law advisor who taught courses in political science, women’s studies and the first-year seminar. She especially enjoys teaching introduction to American government, political institutions, women in politics, and the European Union, and leading study abroad seminars.


Lowe, A. and DiMola, S.  “The Use of a Service-Learning Model in the Teaching of Conflict Studies.” In Conflict Zone/Comfort Zone: Pedagogy, Methodology, and Best Practices in Field Based Courses. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2019.

DiMola, S. and Lowe, A.  “Domestic and Foreign Policy Responses to the Problem of Human Trafficking.” in Mary C. Burke, Editor Human Trafficking: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 2nd Edition. New York: Routledge, 2017.

DiMola, Sandi and Lowe, Allyson M.  “Research Note: Using Experiential Learning in a Pipeline to Careers in Law Program for First-Generation University Women,” Journal of Experiential Learning: Vol. 2 : Iss. 1 , Article 4. 2017

Lowe, A., DiMola, S. “Combating ‘Ghost Discrimination’ against Hidden Populations: Best Pittsburgh Practices for EU Inclusion Policies in the Roma Pilot Project for Inclusion.” Journal of the Policy Research Centre.  University of Antwerp. 2011.

Lowe, A. and McLaughlin, M., “Women’s Leadership in Civic Engagement: Making Best Practices Common Practices.” OnCampus with Women, March 2010.

Lowe, A. and Turner, M. “Teaching in the G20 Cauldron.” Mercy Conference on Higher Education, June 2010. Erie, PA.  Published, 2012, in the M.A.S.T. Journal.

Lowe, A.  USA Today. Online educational resources.  May 2008: European Union Case Study: Trade and Trust:  US-EU Competition & Regulatory Conflicts; May 2006:  EU-US Relations: Allies or Antagonists; Spring 2005: European Union. Links available on USA Today Education Site

Lowe, A., DiMola, S. “A Comparative Analysis of E.U. Funding Priorities in the ‘Roma Pilot Project for Inclusion.’ Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. April 2012
*Nominated for best paper in Comparative Public Policy.

Lowe, A. Testimony before the 2011 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission.  September 14, 2011.

Lowe, A. “Teaching in Contested Spaces.” The Qatar Foundation invited lecture. April 2011.

Lowe, A and Mary Whitney.  Small Budgets, Big Impacts: Leveraging Resources for Success. 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Seattle, January 2009.

Awards and Service