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Communication and Rhetoric/Human-Computer Interaction
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Michigan Technological University
Chinese Literature
Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC

Current Research

Digital & Social Media, Global User Experience Design

Scholarly Interests

Digital & Social Media, Global User Experience Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Rhetoric and Technical communication, Social Computing, Informatics


TCOM 220 Social Media
TCOM 320 Principles of Web Design
TCOM 330 Mobile Communication & Social Practice
TCOM 350 Editing and Design for Print Media
TCOM 420 Advanced Web Design
TCOM 440 Cross-Cultural Communication Design
TGID 420 Reflexive Design Portfolio

Honors and Awards

  • Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication, Society for Technical Communication, 2022
  • Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication Award by NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English): 2022, 2013
  • 2022 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Advancement of Knowledge Award
  • 2022 CCCC Research Impact Award
  • 2017 Theodore von Kármán Fellowship, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Nell Ann Picket Award for the Best Article of Technical Communication Quarterly, 2006
  • CCCC Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication, 2005
  • The 8th Annual Localisation Research Centre Best Thesis Award, University of Limerick, Ireland, 2004
CV / Resume
Selected Publications

Sun, H. (2020). Global social media design: Bridging differences across cultures. New York: Oxford University Press.

Sun, H. & Hart-Davidson, W. (2014). Binding the material and the discursive with a relational approach of affordances. ACM SIGCHI (Computer-Human Interaction) 2014 Annual Conference (22% acceptance rate). 3533-3542.

Sun, H. (2012). Cross-cultural technology design: Creating culture-sensitive technology for local users. New York: Oxford University Press.

Sun, H. (2013). Sina Weibo of China: From a copycat to a local uptake of a global technology assemblage. International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development, 5(4), 27-37.

Sun, H. (2009). Towards a rhetoric of locale: Localizing mobile messaging technology into everyday life. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 39(2), 245-261.

Sun, H. (2006). The triumph of users: Achieving cultural usability goals with user localization. Technical Communication Quarterly, 15(4), 457-481.

Sun, H. (2001). Building a culturally-competent corporate Web site: An exploratory study of cultural markers in multilingual Web design. Proceedings of ACM Special Interest Group for Design of Communications (SIGDOC) 2001, Santa Fe, NM, 95-102.