LuMing Mao portrait
  • 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. 


  • Author (2023). Useful Uselessness: Performing Comparative Rhetoric Artfully. Korean Journal of Rhetoric. Vol. 46, 9-30. Published, 04/2023.
  • Author (2021). Three Perspectives for Redefining Comparative Rhetoric. Contemporary Rhetoric. Vol. 226, 14-32. Published, 08/2021.
  • Author & Keith Lloyd, editor (2021). Redefining Comparative Rhetoric: Essence, Facts, Events. (pp. 15-33). The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetori. Published, 04/2021.
  • Editor (2020). Rhetoric and Writing. Contemporary Rhetoric. Vol. 225, 13-41. Published, 08/2020.
  • Author (2019). Se hace camino al andar” or “道行之而成”: Performing Rhetorical Way-Making. College Composition and Communication. Vol. 71, 330-342. Published, 12/2019.
  • Author (2018). In the Present and Importantly Present: Enacting a Temporal Turn for Asian American Rhetoric. Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Published, 12/2018.
  • Editor (2018). New Advances on Rhetoric and Writing. Contemporary Rhetoric. Vol. 209, 18-52. Published, 10/2018.
  • Author (2018). Thinking through Difference and Facts of Usage: A Dialogue between Comparative Rhetoric and Translingualism. Across the Disciplines: A Journal of Language, Learning, and Academic Writing. Vol. 15, 104-114. Published, 09/2018.
  • 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.