Carrie Lowry Schuettpelz

Associate Professor of Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Carrie Lowry Schuettpelz is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She is a writer and policy practitioner.

Carrie currently serves as an Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Planning and Public Affairs (SPPA) at the University of Iowa. She is also the Director of Undergraduate Studies for SPPA. Her policy areas of expertise include Tribal policy, homelessness, and affordable housing. As a practitioner, she works with communities across Iowa to create plans to prevent and end homelessness, and develop more sustainable models of affordable housing. She has also undertaken projects with organizations across the country to create more equitable Native policy.

Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa, Carrie was a policy advisor in the Obama Administration, focusing especially on homelessness and Tribal policy. Prior to that, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Carrie's debut nonfiction book, The Indian Card, is forthcoming from Flatiron in October 2024. For that project, she was awarded the Whiting Nonfiction Grant. She is represented by Ayesha Pande Literary.

Areas of Interest:

Social Policy




Carrie Lowry Schuettpelz CV Spring 2023

Carrie Schuettpelz
MFA Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2016
MPP Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government 2009
Contact Information


345 Jessup Hall
University of Iowa
United States