Michiru Lowe joined Rutgers’ ALC in 2019. She received a B.A. from Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, where she studied intercultural communication and education, and an M.A. from Columbia University, where she focused on Japanese pedagogy. Lowe’s scholarly interests include technology in language education, including Collaborative Online International Language (COIL), community involvement, extensive reading materials (tadoku) from introductory levels, and heritage language learning. Before joining Rutgers, she previously taught at Vanderbilt University from 2012–2019. She has designed Japanese language courses from introductory to advanced levels with students ranging from children to adults. Before moving to the US, she worked at a public junior high school in Nagano, Japan, teaching English as a foreign language.



  • M.A. Columbia University
  • B.A. Nanzan University

Areas of Specialization

  • Japanese Pedagogy
  • Intercultural Communication

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Teachers of Japanese
  • The Society for Research on Collaboration in Language Leaning

Courses Taught

  • Elementary Japanese I (01:565:101)
  • Intermediate Japanese I (01:565:201)
  • Intermediate Japanese II (01:565:202)
  • Advanced Japanese I (01:565:301)
  • Advanced Japanese II (01:565:302)
  • Language Engagement Program Tadoku: Extensive Reading in Japanese (01:991:105)