Tessa Lowinske Desmond

Associate Research Scholar
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Tessa Lowinske Desmond is an Associate Research Scholar in American Studies. She earned her PhD 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 twentieth century America and migrant farm labor. She teaches courses on the American food system and on multiethnic American literature. 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. Prof. Desmond served as a Service Focus faculty mentor in 2018-19.