I am an associate professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. My teaching and research interests intersect with language, culture, and globalization. Currently, my research involves two different strands. The first focuses on the globalization of higher education. Funded by a CCCC Research Initiative Award, my book (with Xiaoye You and Xiqiao Wang), Inventing the World Grant University: Chinese International Students' Mobilities, Literacies, and Identities, published by Utah State University Press traces the multilingual (or translingual) and multimodal (or transmodal) literacy practices of students in and across a major Midwestern university and a summer school in China. Extending this scholarship, I am currently looking at the ways that international and domestic students' home languages and literacies mediate their in-class learning. Second, I am engaged in a long-term study of global startup ecosystems with a particular emphasis on their emergence in Israeli and Palestinian societies. This area of scholarship includes an edited special issue on "Innovation and Entrepreneurship Communication in the Context of Globalization" for the Journal of Business and Technical Communication. I serve as a core member of the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities program and as an affiliate with the Michael and Elain Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel. 

Selected Publications

Inventing the World Grant University: Chinese International Students’ Mobilities, Literacies, and Identities. (Co-authored with Xiaoye You and Xiqiao Wang). Logan: Utah State University Press, 2017. Print. 

"Unsettling Start-Up Ecosystems: Geographies, Mobilities, and Transnational Literacies in the Palestinian Start-Up Ecosystem." Journal of Business and Technical Communication. 35.2. (2020): 219-253. Print. 

“Start-up Nation: Studying Transnational Entrepreneurial Practices in Israel's Start-up Ecosystem.” Spec. Issue of Journal of Business and Technical Communication. (2017). 33.1. (2017): 350-388. Print. 

“Weaving Relationship Webs: Tracing how IMing Practices Mediate the Trajectories of Chinese International Students.” (Co-authored with Xiaowei Cui). Computers and Composition. 39.1. (2016): 83-103. Print. 

“Outsmarting the Nation, Together: Subversive Virtual Fraternity in the Israeli Men’s Magazine Blazer." Israel Studies Review. (Co-authored with Danny Kaplan). 30.1 (2015). Print. 

“Re-assembling Technical Communication: Mapping out a Framework for Studying Multilingual-Multimodal Practices in the Context of Globalization.” Spec. issue of Technical Communication Quarterly. 22.1 (2013). Print. 

“Composition 2.0: Toward a Multilingual and Multimodal Framework.” Spec. issue of College Composition and Communication. 62.1 (2010): 100-126. Print. (reprinted in Multimodal Composition: A Critical Sourcebook, March 2013, published by Bedford St. Martin’s Press)

“Military Mashups: Remixing Literacy Practices.” Spec. issue of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric Technology, and Pedagogy. 14.3 (2010). Web