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Elizabeth Lowham, Ph.D.

Distinguished Teaching Award
San Luis Obispo
Political Science

Teaching interactions present opportunities for us to collaboratively develop and nurture insatiable curiosity, the skills to facilitate problem solving, and the passion to change the world.

​Elizabeth A. Lowham, associate professor of political science, has been at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo since 2007.  She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her B.A. in Geology from Carleton College.  Elizabeth teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels public policy, research methodology/statistics, environmental policy, leadership and interdisciplinary studies.  Her research primarily investigates the implications and processes of collaborative decision-making.  Elizabeth creates learning environments that encourage student to actively engage and explore while extending their knowledge, skills, and curiosity.  At Cal Poly, she currently serves as department chair, formerly serving as the director of the Master of Public Policy program and the Center for Expressive Technologies.