Professor Mike Low was born, raised, and educated in Eastern Washington. He started his work career as a soft fruit picker and moved up to bucking bales, flipping burgers, and sweeping floors. Those jobs formed the foundation of his sociological imagination and perspective. He has spent the past 40+ years in Montana where he continues his research into North American Native populations.

Professor Low was a pioneer in distance learning at UP. The course SOC 304: Deviant Behavior (still one of his favorites) was the second course ever produced at the “telecom” studio on campus. He remains a staunch advocate of online education as well as team teaching. Another of his favorite courses is ILC 350: Social Problems in a Flat World, taught online with colleague Jim Croft.

He has been elected to every major committee on campus but has spent the most time on the Faculty Evaluation and Tenure Committee. He has served as faculty vice-chair and as the faculty representative to the university’s Board of Trustees.

Professor Low has lived in Australia, where he first taught at the collegiate level, and has traveled the world extensively, visiting more than 40 countries. He is an accomplished hunter, fisher, and archer.

BA, Washington State University
MA, Washington State University

“My vision remains: I seek and share knowledge and wisdom.”
-Professor Mike Low