World Languages and Cultures
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Michelle Low received her Ph.D. in Chinese and Comparative Literature and her M.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Colorado. She received her B.A. in Chinese Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Dr. Low developed the Chinese program, and co-authored the interdisciplinary Asian Studies degree program. She co-founded (2006) the Colorado Chinese Language Teachers Consortium (CCLTC), and served on the board for Global Village Academy, Fort Collins. In addition to teaching, she is dedicated to helping students gain international experience through study-abroad. She helped to finalized direct study-abroad exchange programs with Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China, and National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan, and also advises for programs in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, as well as summer internships and post-graduate jobs in Asia. Dr. Low leads a short-term summer study abroad program to Xi’an China in odd-numbered years (2011, 2013, 2015, etc.). Dr. Low serves as advisor to the Chinese Culture Club and participates in activities with Asian/Pacific American Student Services such as the annual Taste of A/PASS and Lunar New Year celebration.
Dr. Low’s area of specialization is in early medieval Chinese literature and civilization. Her areas of research include literature of displacement and war during the Jin (265-420) Dynasty, early historiography, historical poetry, records of the strange and early fiction, as well as Chinese language pedagogy. She also expanded her research into modern Chinese and science fiction.