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About Huatong Sun

I study how to design and innovate for usable, meaningful, and empowering technology to cross the divides resulted from cultural differences in this increasingly globalized world. My first English book Cross-Cultural Technology Design: Creating Culture-Sensitive Technology (2012) received an NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) best book award in technical communication and industry endorsements from User Experience Magazine and Fast Company|Co.Design. I am working with Oxford University Press again on a new book, Global Social Media Design.     

My research focuses on web technologies and mobile communication, informed by theories and methodologies from rhetoric and technical communication, intercultural communication, human-computer interaction, information studies, British cultural studies, and science and technology studies.

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.


Present Assistant Professor, University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication Award by NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)
  • Best Article of Technical Communication Quarterly
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Outstanding Dissertation Award in Technical Communication
  • Best Thesis Award in Localisation Research


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

Books (1)

Book Chapters (1)

Book Reviews (1)

Articles (12)

Conference Proceedings (6)