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Setha M. Low

Born: Mar 14, 1948

Birthplace: Los Angeles

Profession: Anthropologist

Nationality: United States

Setha M. Low

Date of Birth : Mar 14, 1948
Birth Place : Los Angeles

Setha Low is a former president of the American Anthropological Association, a professor in environmental psychology, and the director of the Public Space Research Group at the City University of New York. Low also served as a Conservation Guest Scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute. Low received a B.A. in Psychology from Pitzer College, Claremont, California in 1969 and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1971 and 1976. Her most recent research includes an ethnography of residents in gated communities in San Antonio, Texas and on Long Island and a study of urban parks with case studies including New York City's Prospect Park, Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park, and Jacob Riis Park in the Gateway National Recreation Area. More broadly Low's research includes work on the anthropology of space and place, medical anthropology, urban anthropology, historic preservation, landscapes of fear, security/insecurity, and gating in Latin America, the United States, and the cities of Western Europe. Low grew up in Los Angeles and currently resides in Brooklyn.


  • Anthropologist

Also known as

  • Setha Low

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
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