Hsun-Yu (Sharon) Chuang

Hsun-Yu (Sharon) Chuang

Assistant Professor
Position Type
- Present

Dr. Chuang earned her PhD in intercultural/international communication and interpersonal communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her teaching and research interests are particularly drawn to the intersectionality of culture, communication, identity, language, pedagogy, East Asian Studies and Taiwan Studies. Largely, she has been exploring topics such as identity politics in the U.S. American educational contexts, international relations among the Far-East Asian nations (Japan, Korea, and Taiwan), and language politics (globalizing whiteness) in Taiwanese educational contexts.

Her teacher identity is inseparable from her scholarship. She has taught and developed four courses at Denison thus far. While the foci differ from each other in these courses, she employs global perspectives as well as engaging in student-centered teaching with various experiential activities and alternative pedagogies. In her classes, she constantly engages with students in developing critical thinking skills and self-reflexivity in examining the communicative choices that we make in today’s increasingly complex and multicultural society. Through discussions, she aims at setting up caring, compassionate, and respectful class communities, where class members collaboratively dialogue, examine, and analyze the use of communication and what is often take for granted in various contexts.

Her research and teaching experiences have shaped her into a pedagogue and scholar with intercultural and international sensitivity who enjoys learning with students in respecting differences and in promoting diversity and equity.

Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale; M.A., Southern Illinois University Carbondale; B.Ed. National Pingtung Teachers College, Taiwan

Learning & Teaching

  • COMM 320 Language, Culture, and Communication
  • COMM 244 Theories of Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 224 Theories of Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 215: Conflict and Compassionate Communication


  • Chuang, H.-Y. S. (2019). The manifestation of English hegemony in Taiwan: Critical examinations of identity hierarchy, Identity politics, and linguistic politics. China Media Research, 15(2), 50-60.
  • Toyosaki, S., & Chuang, H.-Y. S. (2018). Critical Intercultural Communication Pedagogy from within: Textualizing intercultural and intersectional self-reflexivity. In A. Atay & S. Toyosaki (Eds.), Critical intercultural communication pedagogy (pp. 227-247). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Chuang, H.-Y. S. (2017). The discursive pushes and pulls of J-pop and K-pop in Taiwan: Cultural homogenization and identity co-optation. In S. Toyosaki & S. Eguchi (Eds.), Intercultural communication in Japan: Theorizing homogenizing discourse (pp. 101-113). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Chuang, H.-Y. S. (2015). Complete-member ethnography: Epistemological intimacy, complete-membership, and potentials in critical communication research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 14 (4), 1-11. doi: 10.1177/1609406915611551.
  • Farias, S. K., & Chuang, H.-Y. (2014). Introduction: Coming to terms in the muddy waters of qualitative inquiry in communication. Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research, 13, 73-78.


Professional Memberships
  • Central States Communication Association
  • National Communication Association


Grants & Funding

Great Lake Colleges Association (GLCA) Global Crossroads Initiative Grant

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