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Alma Lowry’s doctoral research focused on public participation, participatory democracy and environmental justice policy. In addition to her academic work, Lowry has practiced environmental law for more than 20 years, primarily representing low-income communities and communities of color. Currently she represents the Onondaga Nation on environmental issues.

Lowry holds a law degree and a master’s degree in environmental policy from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in social sciences from Syracuse University.

Recent Courses Taught

Environmental Justice Law and Policy

Select Publications

  • “Achieving Environmental Justice: The Case for Legislative Reform,” Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, Vol. 20, No. 2 (frinity Term 2003).
  • “Environmental Justice Implications of Brown fields - Their Creation and Their Redevelopment,” Tol. J. Great Lakes L. Sci. & Pol'y 363 (2002).
  • “Environmental Justice,” Michigan State Bar Journal, December 2002. Co-author: Tom Stephens. Environmental Justice Advocacy After Sandoval, Guild Practitioner, Vol. 59, o. 1 Winter 2002).
  • “Parks, Politics and Pluralism: The Demise of Togo's National Parks,” Society and Natural Resources Autumn 1994. Co-author: Timothy P. Donahue. 

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Educational Background

Ph.D., Syracuse Universtiy, Maxwell School of Citizenship
L.L.M, Georgetown University Law Center
M.S., University of Michigan
J.D., University of Michigan
B.S., Nebraska Wesleyan Univeristy

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