LuMing Mao portrait
  • Professor and Chair, Writing and Rhetoric Studies
  • Professor, Writing and Rhetoric Studies


LuMing Mao, formally Professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies and Chair of the Department of English at Miami University, is now Professor and Chair of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric Studies and Asian Center Faculty Affiliate at the U of Utah. A teacher-scholar in comparative rhetoric, Asian/Asian American rhetoric, histories of rhetoric, Chinese rhetoric, and writing research in global spaces, LuMing’s more recent publications include the Chinese edition of his Reading Chinese Fortune Cookie: The Making of Chinese American Rhetoric (2013), an edited collection, Comparative Rhetoric: The Art of Traversing Rhetorical Times, Places, and Spaces (2014), essays in Rhetoric Society Quarterly (2013) and PMLA (2014), a co-edited symposium on comparative rhetoric in Rhetoric Review (2015), which won special recognition from the journal’s Editorial Board (2016), and editor of three symposia on rhetoric and writing in Contemporary Rhetoric (2016, 2018, 2021). 
LuMing’s scholarship has been centrally located in the intersectionalities of rhetoric, writing, linguistics, culture, history, and philosophy. He is deeply committed to studying rhetorical and other discursive practices across time and space, especially those that have been under-represented, misrepresented, or not represented at all. Toward that end, he has articulated a new kind of comparative rhetorical theory, one that enacts a discursive interdependence-in-difference. His work has not only challenged Euro-American conceptions of Chinese and Asian/Asian American rhetorics but also provided new methods of analysis for transforming dominant narratives of rhetoric in general and for depicting diverse rhetorical experiences of Chinese and Asian/Asian Americans in particular. His “art of recontextualization,” a method that relies on terms of interdependence and intereconnectivity to constitute and regulate representation of all discursive practices, has contributed to a more dynamic, multidimensional understanding of the relationship between local and global, self and other, digital and alphabetic, and cultural and material. 
LuMing served as Chair Professor of Shanghai University in 2006-2011. He was named Distinguished Scholar by Miami University in 2015. He was the Peter and Margaret D’Angelo Endowed Chair in the Humanities at St. John’s University in Spring 2016 and the Thomas R. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Louisville in Fall 2017. 
LuMing has been a guest speaker at many universities, including: Baruch College, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of California-Irvine, University of Louisville, Michigan State University, Penn State University, St John’s University, University of Californi-Santa Barbara, and Stanford University. He has also lectured and taught overseas, mostly at institutions in both Taiwan and China including: Asian University, Beihang University, Central China Normal University, East China Normal University, Fudan University, Nanjing University, Shanghai University, Shanghai Finance University, Sun Yat-sen University, Suzhou University, and Tongji University.