Assistant Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies

Institutional Affiliation

University of Northern Colorado
Department of Modern Languages


Ph.D., Chinese & Comparative Literature, University of Colorado, 2006

Research Interests

Medieval Chinese literature, particularly literature of displacement and war of the Fourth Century; narrative prose and fiction, particularly concerning female heroines, deities and the supernatural; Chinese language pedagogy, literary theory and Comparative Literature

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia
Cultural Studies; History; Language; Literature and the Arts


MICHELLE LOW is Assistant Professor of Chinese at the University of Northern Colorado, and serves as the Program Coordinator for both the Chinese and Asian Studies programs. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative and Chinese Literature from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research interests include early medieval poetry, historiography, classical language narratives and the supernatural, and Chinese language pedagogy. She teaches all levels of Chinese language, as well as literature and civilization courses. She advises for the Chinese Culture Club, and hosts numerous campus-wide cultural activities. She regularly takes students on short-term faculty-led study abroad programs in China.

Selected Publications

2012 “Crossing the Yangtze Through Space and Time: How the Jin Loyalists Made a New Home in the South.” Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. Pullman, WA: Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association, Summer 2012.

2012 “Bridging the Gap from Intermediate to Advanced.” In 7th International Conference and Workshop on Technology & Chinese Language Teaching: Conference Proceedings, edited by Jun Da, Song Jiang, and Shijuan Liu, 312-316. Honolulu: National Foreign Language Resource Center.

2011 “Making the Leap with Technology: Helping Students Bridge the Gap between Intermediate and Advanced Proficiency.” Submitted to Pearson’s “Teaching With Technology Award.”