Tessa Lowinske Desmond

Associate Research Scholar
Lecturer in American Studies and Freshman Seminars
Morrison Hall, Room 211
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Associate Research Scholar Tessa Lowinske Desmond earned her Ph.D. in literary studies (2014) and master’s degree in Afro-American studies (2005) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She arrived at Princeton in 2017 having most recently served as administrative director and lecturer for the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights at Harvard University where she helped to develop academic pathways, curriculum, and event series in ethnic studies. Her current research focuses on the history of farming in 20th-century America, and on migrant farm labor. She teaches courses on the American food system and on multi-ethnic American literature. As an extension of her intellectual interests, Lowinske Desmond owns a six-acre farm near Princeton and is active in the local food movement. She has received awards for publicly engaged scholarship and outstanding service to students. She was also awarded the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders in Higher Education award, given by the American Association of Colleges and Universities to recognize scholars committed to academic and civic responsibility.

Lowinske Desmond’s courses include “Multiethnic Short Stories: Tales We Tell Ourselves,” “The EMR of Food: How Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights Are Parts of the Food We Eat,” and “Consuming America: Five Critical Food Puzzles.” She is currently developing two new courses: “American Agrarians” and “Food, Labor, and the Law.” She teaches at Princeton in the Program in American Studies and the freshman seminar program.