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Zhaozhe Wang

Assistant Professor, Tenure Stream
Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy

Zhaozhe Wang (pronunciation: “jaw-juh”) is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric Studies in the Institute for the Study of University Pedagogy, with a graduate appointment in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). Zhaozhe Wang specializes in writing and rhetoric studies, with particular interests in areas such as multilingual writing and literacy, transnational rhetorics, and digital media. He has served on the CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication) Executive Committee and chaired the CCCC Second Language Writing Standing Group. Zhaozhe Wang is recipient of the CCCC James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award, Rhetoric Review Theresa J. Enos Anniversary Award, and WPA: Writing Program Administration Kenneth Bruffee Award. His forthcoming book, titled Doing Difference Differently: Chinese International Students' Literacy Practices and Affordances (Utah State University Press), ethnographically documents the rich everyday literate activities of four Chinese international students, challenging the myth of linguistic and cultural differences reified in institutional discourses of diversity.

Ph.D. (English, Purdue University)
M.A. (English, University of Maine)


Selected Publications


Wang, Z. (forthcoming). Doing Difference Differently: Chinese International Students’ Literacy Practices and Affordances. Utah State University Press.

Silva, T., & Wang, Z. (Eds.). (2021). Reconciling translingualism and second language writing. Routledge. 

Refereed Journal Articles

Wang, Z. (2023). Transnational rhetorical circulation in the splinternet age. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 53(5), 670-684.

Zhang-Wu, Q., Wang, Z., & Shapiro, S. (2023). CLA and translingualism: A (literal) scholarly conversation. Journal of Second Language Writing, 60, 100996. 

Wang, Z. (2022). Rhetorical economy: Affect, labor, and capital in transnational digital circulation. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 108(4), 382-401.

Wang, Z. (2022). From disciplinary diaspora to transdisciplinarity: A home for second language writing professionals in composition. College English, 84(5), 467-490.

Wang, Z. (2021). The switched-off circulation: A rhetoric of disconnect. Rhetoric Review, 40(4), 395-411. (Winner of Theresa J. Enos Anniversary Award)

Wang, Z. (2021). Too green to talk disciplinarity. Composition Studies, 49(1), 172-175.

Wang, Z. (2020). Toward a rhetorical model of directed self-placement. WPA: Writing Program Administration, 44(1), 45-67. (Winner of Kenneth Bruffee Award)

Wang, Z. (2020). Activist rhetoric in transnational cyber-public spaces: Toward a comparative materialist approach. Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 50(4), 240-253.

Wang, Z. (2020). First-year writing instructors’ perceived challenges in working with international second language writers: An institutional survey study. Chinese Journal of Second Language Writing, 1(1), 111-131.

With Silva, T., Zhang, C. A., Chen, Y., Li, Y., Yang, K., & Sun, Y. (2020). Doctoral study in second language writing studies in the United States: Some Chinese Students’ Perspectives. Chinese Journal of Second Language Writing, 1(1), 1-17.

Wang, Z. (2019). Relive differences through a material flashback. College Composition and Communication, 70(3), 380-412.

Wang, Z. (2019). Carving out a dialogic space for “I”: A corpus-based study of novice L2 writers’ use of first-person pronouns in argumentative essays. L2 Journal, 11(1), 20-34. 

Wang, Z. (2018). Rethinking translingual as a transdisciplinary rhetoric: Broadening the dialogic space. Composition Forum, 40

Book Chapters

Wang, Z. (2022). Auto-ethnographic performance of differences as anti-racist pedagogy. In B. Schreiber, E. Lee, J. Johnson, & N. Fahim (Eds.), Linguistic Justice on Campus: Pedagogy and Advocacy for Multilingual Students (pp. 41-57). Multilingual Matters.

Wang, Z., & Silva, T. (2021). Introduction: Reconciling translingualism and second language writing. In T. Silva & Z. Wang (Eds.), Reconciling Translingualism and Second Language Writing (pp. 1-10). Routledge.


Current Courses
ISP100: Writing for University and Beyond, CTL3020: Writing in a Second Language