Michelle Murray Yang

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

2114 Skinner Building
Professional Interests: 

Dr. Michelle Murray Yang is a rhetorical critic whose scholarly work focuses on how China is understood, interpreted, and portrayed by policy makers and media outlets within the United States. Her work has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and the Chinese Journal of Communication. Dr. Murray Yang is currently working on a book project that traces the evolution of rhetorical tropes commonly used to depict China in U.S. political and media discourse in order to discern the extent to which contemporary portrayals of U.S.-Sino relations are predicated upon historical Sinophobic conceptualizations.

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Advising Philosophy

Representative Publications:

“Guilty Without Trial: State-Sponsored Cheating and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Competition,” Chinese Journal of Communication, (2013).

“Richard Nixon’s Speeches and Toasts During His 1972 Trip to China: A Study in Diplomatic Rhetoric,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 14, no. 1 (2011).

“Still Burning: Self-Immolation as Photographic Protest,” Quarterly Journal of Speech, 97, no. 1 (2011).