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

Research Statement

LuMing’s scholarship is centered on the intersectionalities of rhetoric, writing, culture, history, and philosophy. He is deeply committed to studying rhetorics 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. 


  • Editor (2016). Rhetoric Studies in a Global Perspective: Symposium, in Contemporary Rhetoric . (pp. 1-36). Vol. 197. Fudan University Press. Published, 09/2016.
  • Editor & Bo Wang (2015). Manifesting a Future for Comparative Rhetoric: Symposium, in Rhetoric Review. (pp. 239-274). Vol. 34. Routledge. Published, 10/2015.
  • Editor (2014). Comparative Rhetoric: Traversing Rhetorical Times, Places, and Spaces. Routledge. Published, 10/2014.
  • Author & Jianfeng Wang, Translator (2013). The Chinese edition of Reading Chinese Fortune Cookie, with a new introduction. Fudan University Press. Published, 09/2013.
  • Editor (2013). Comparative Rhetoric. Special Issue of Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Vol. 43. Routledge. Published, 07/2013.
  • Editor (2010). Studying Chinese Rhetoric in the Twenty-First Century. Special Issue of College English. NCTE. Published, 03/2010.
  • Editor (2009). Comparative Rhetorical Studies in the New Contact Zone: Chinese Rhetoric Reimagined: Symposium, in College Composition and Communication. (pp. W32-W121). Vol. 60. NCTE. Published, 06/2009.
  • Editor & Morris Young (2008). Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric. Utah State University Press. Published, 10/2008.
  • Author (2006). Reading Chinese Fortune Cookie: The Making of Chinese American Rhetoric. Utah State University Press. Published, 10/2006.