Huatong (Hannah) Sun

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

htsun @
Twitter: @huatongs

A researcher, educator, and consultant in cross-cultural, multicultural, and global UX design.

I study how to design and innovate for usable, meaningful, and empowering technology to bridge differences in a globalized world. I published two books with Oxford University Press: Global Social Media Design (2020, CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award, CCCC Research Impact Award, NCTE Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication) and Cross-Cultural Technology Design (2012, NCTE Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication). I write for public media including Fast CompanyThe Conversation, User Experience Magazine, and Intercom.  

I'm working on a new book project with the CRC Press, tentatively titled Inclusive Digital Media Design for Global Users.

My community-engaged teaching innovation with marginalized user communities was recognized with the 2022 Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication from STC and the Distinction in the Practice of Diversity and Inclusion Award from ABC.

Curriculum Vitae


Upcoming Talks & Workshops

  1. March 2023: Bridging Cultural Differences  & Decolonizing Design Rhetoric. Keynote Speech for 12th Annual Symposium on Communicating Complex Information, Raleigh, NC.
  2. April 12, 2023: Bridging Cultural Differences with Critical Design in a Globalized World (course). ACM SIGCHI 2023, online.
  3. May 2023. Designing Trustworthy Live Commerce Experience (With Xiaoli Li). 2023 Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  4. May 25-27, 2023. Global Rhetorics of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Design (with Steve Fraiberg). Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute, University Park, Pennsylvania State University.
  5. June, 2023. Engaging Cultural Differences for Inclusive Design in a Globalized World. UXPA (User Experience Professional Association) International Conference 2023, Austin, TX.

Popular Press and Media

Edited Collections

Selected Articles


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:

Community Engagement



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