Dr. Deborah Lowry is an associate professor of Sociology in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Montevallo. She holds a B.A. from Grand Valley State University, an M.A. from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
At the University of Montevallo, Lowry teaches courses on social change, social problems, environmental sociology, social gerontology and Chinese society. She regularly incorporates service-learning into course curriculum and seeks ways to promote civic and community engagement among students.
Lowry’s research interests center on later-life health and well-being in the context of rapid social change. She conducted research for her dissertation in rural China and continues to teach about, research and visit the Peoples’ Republic of China. Previously, Dr. Lowry was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan. She has also taught courses at Michigan State University and at Nantong University in Jiangsu Province, China.