Huatong (Hannah) Sun

Associate Professor of Digital Media & Global Design
School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS)
Global Innovation & Design Lab
University of Washington Tacoma

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Twitter: @huatongs

A researcher, educator, and consultant in multicultural and global technology design and digital media studies.

I study socially situated digital literacy practices surrounding mobile and social media technologies to explore ways of creating equitable and empowering technology to redress asymmetrical relations in our global power hierarchy.

My scholarship seeks to connect theory and practice, the culture and the engineering, the instrumental and the social, and the critical and the creative. It is informed by theories and methodologies from rhetoric and technical communication, human-computer interaction, social computing, informatics, intercultural communication, global media studies, British cultural studies, and science and technology studies.

Curriculum Vitae



My book Global Social Media Design: Bridging Differences Across Cultures (Oxford University Press, 2020) recently won three book awards: 2022 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Advancement of Knowledge Award, 2022 CCCC Research Impact Award, and 2022 NCTE Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication!

I'm also the 2022 Jay R. Gould Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication from the Society for Technical Communication (STC) for "creating highly innovative and inclusive teaching/learning programs in which she has inspired students from cultures and languages across the globe." 

Upcoming Talks & Workshops

  1. October, 2022, Engaging Cultural Differences for Empowering Design. ABC (Association for Business Communication) 87th Annual International Conference, Tampa, FL.
  2. June 8, 2022: Diversity Panel, 16th International Conference on Web and Social Media, AAAI.
  3. May 16, 2022: Designing Trustworthy Live Commerce Experience: Opportunities for Content Designers and Technical Communicators (With Xiaoli Li). STC Technical Communication Summit, Chicago, IL.
  4. May 15, 2022: Engaging Cultural Differences for Empowering Design. STC (Society for Technical Communication) Technical Communication Summit 2022, Chicago, IL.
  5. May 4, 2022: Bridging Cultural Differences with Critical Design in a Globalized World (course). ACM SIGCHI 2022, New Orleans, LA.
  6. March 10, 2022: Decolonizing Rhetoric and Writing: Asian and Asian American Perspectives | Designing with Discursive Affordances for Local Empowerment. Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) 2022, online.
  7. March 9, 2022. Engaging Cultural Differences for Empowering Design. CCCC 2022, online.

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My teaching experience includes introductory and advanced courses in web and multimedia writing and design, document design, content management, computer-mediated communication, professional writing, technical and business communication, composition and ESL writing, and writing internship.

Below are the courses taught at UWT:

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