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Lowrie, Claire K. Dr

Senior Lecturer

  • Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
  • School of Humanities and Social Inquiry

Overview


Claire Lowrie joined the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong in 2014. Claire's research focuses on the history of colonialism in tropical northern Australia and Southeast Asia. Her teaching specialisations include Australian and Southeast Asian history, global and transnational history, labour history, environmental history and the history of colonialism and imperialism. She has previously worked at the University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle (Australia) and the University of Auckland.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Claire’s research focuses on the history of colonialism and labour in the tropical Asia-Pacific region. Her book, Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics, 1880-1930, was published by Manchester University Press in 2016. The book explores the emergence of a shared colonial culture of domestic service in Singapore and Darwin. Claire shows how this shared culture was forged through the exchange of ideas, people and trade between the port cities and was marked the common preference for employing Chinese ‘houseboys’ in the homes of British and white Australian colonists.

    Claire undertook further research on the culture of ‘houseboys’ and colonialism in the tropics as part of a collaborative ARC Discovery Project based at the University of Wollongong with Julia Martinez, Frances Steel and Victoria Haskins. The major outcome of this project, Colonialism and Male Domestic Service across the Asia-Pacific, was published by Bloomsbury in 2019. She is a co-editor (with Haskins) of a volume on Colonization and Domestic Service: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge, New York, 2015). Claire has published her work in Modern Asian Studies, The Pacific Historical Review, Gender and History, The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History and History Australia.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


    • Australian history (particularly the history of the tropical north)
    • Colonial histories of Southeast Asia
    • Histories of migration
    • Cultural history
    • Race relations history
    • Labour history
    • Environmental history

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy British Women Missionaries, Chinese Women, and the Protestant rescue project in Hong Kong and China, 1850-1940 Cooper, Tamara
    Doctor of Philosophy A Matter of Taste: the Australian Women’s Weekly and the birth of a modern Australian food culture, 1933-1982 Samuelsson, Lauren
    Doctor of Philosophy Made in Chinatown: Chinese Furniture Factories in Australia, 1880–1930 Gibson, Peter

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Claire’s research focuses on the history of colonialism and labour in the tropical Asia-Pacific region. Her book, Masters and Servants: Cultures of Empire in the Tropics, 1880-1930, was published by Manchester University Press in 2016. The book explores the emergence of a shared colonial culture of domestic service in Singapore and Darwin. Claire shows how this shared culture was forged through the exchange of ideas, people and trade between the port cities and was marked the common preference for employing Chinese ‘houseboys’ in the homes of British and white Australian colonists.

    Claire undertook further research on the culture of ‘houseboys’ and colonialism in the tropics as part of a collaborative ARC Discovery Project based at the University of Wollongong with Julia Martinez, Frances Steel and Victoria Haskins. The major outcome of this project, Colonialism and Male Domestic Service across the Asia-Pacific, was published by Bloomsbury in 2019. She is a co-editor (with Haskins) of a volume on Colonization and Domestic Service: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge, New York, 2015). Claire has published her work in Modern Asian Studies, The Pacific Historical Review, Gender and History, The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History and History Australia.

Selected Publications


Potential Supervision Topics


    • Australian history (particularly the history of the tropical north)
    • Colonial histories of Southeast Asia
    • Histories of migration
    • Cultural history
    • Race relations history
    • Labour history
    • Environmental history

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy British Women Missionaries, Chinese Women, and the Protestant rescue project in Hong Kong and China, 1850-1940 Cooper, Tamara
    Doctor of Philosophy A Matter of Taste: the Australian Women’s Weekly and the birth of a modern Australian food culture, 1933-1982 Samuelsson, Lauren
    Doctor of Philosophy Made in Chinatown: Chinese Furniture Factories in Australia, 1880–1930 Gibson, Peter
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