Professor of English and Religious Studies at Michigan State University, David Stowe’s research and writing focus on 20th century American cultural history. He is the author of How Sweet the Sound: Music in the Spiritual Lives of Americans (Harvard 2004), winner of the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP, as well as No Sympathy for the Devil: Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism.
Early Life and Education
David Stowe was born in Charleston, South Carolina and spent his youth immersed in skateboarding, comic books and punk rock music. In 2006 he moved to Los Angeles where he now works as a graphic designer.
His love for art and design spurred him to found Vannen Artworks, which creates limited edition artist watches featuring popular culture icons like Huck Gee, Steak Mtn., Kronk and more.
Stowe holds a Ph.D in religious studies and is currently an Associate Professor of American Studies at Michigan State University. His research and teaching interests focus on 20th century cultural history, particularly vernacular music. He is the author of How Sweet the Sound: Music in the Spiritual Lives of Americans (Harvard, 2004), which won him the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP; furthermore he has been interviewed about his work by NPR and PBS television stations.
David Stowe has had an eclectic professional life, working in construction and music alike.
He is also an accomplished political strategist and print marketing expert, which have enabled him to carve out a niche for himself in this area and become an invaluable resource for clients in need of such services.
Additionally, he has collaborated with numerous non-profits and charities. This has fostered a sense of community within his company as well as in the surrounding area.
Achievements and Honors
David Stowe is an acclaimed author who has published multiple books on various subjects. His most acclaimed work, How Sweet the Sound: Music in the Spiritual Lives of Americans (Harvard, 2004), earned him a Deems Taylor award from ASCAP.
His other accomplishments include founding and running Stowe Story Labs, a nonprofit that assists top emerging screenwriters and filmmakers in getting their work made and seen. He’s also been an artistic consultant on the Rawi Screenwriting Lab in Rotterdam as well as a screen specialist working with production companies through Screen Scotland’s FOCUS scheme.
He enjoys skiing, reading and taking pictures of animals and nature. In 2015 he was named Overall Winner of Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year.
Dave Stowe was an endearing and kind man with a deep appreciation of people. He took great joy in spending time with his family, dog, skateboarding, comic books and punk rock music – all passions that brought him joy.
He was a graphic designer by profession and founded Vannen, an artist watch company. When not at work, he enjoyed spending time outdoors in his garage or yard, fishing, hunting and watching movies.
David was a United Church of Christ member and worked for various missions-related organizations. He and his wife Virginia served four years in China as mission co-workers commissioned by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, now Global Ministries.
In 2012-13, he held a research fellowship at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music and taught at Doshisha University’s Graduate School of American Studies in Kyoto, Japan.
David Stowe is an entrepreneur, screenwriter and director. He’s also renowned for being an independent model and the founder of streaming site FilmOn.
David Stowe currently has a net worth of $322 thousand dollars as of 2019. He owns 64 units of Cato stock and earns an annual salary of $112,580 as an independent director at the company.
He owns and operates Stowe Financial Planning, a fee-only financial firm with two advisors on staff.
Stowe, a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, has been in business since 2001. His firm offers investment planning, tax planning and insurance services.