Shui-yin Sharon Yam

s.yam@uky.edu | 859-323-3922 | www.sharonyam.com

Dept. of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies | 1333 Patterson Office Tower, University of Kentucky

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENT

University of Kentucky

Assistant Professor                                                                                                      Aug 2016-Present                                                                                                

 

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin-Madison

            Ph.D.—Composition and Rhetoric                                                                 May 2016

Dissertation: “Locust, Ah Cha, and Bun Mui: Affect, Emotion and Transnational Citizenship in Hong Kong”

            Directors: Morris Young & Michael Bernard-Donals

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison                                                                           June 2011

            Master of Arts—Literary Studies                                                         

 

University of Pittsburgh                                                                                                                      April 2010

             Bachelor of Arts—Politics and Philosophy, English                                          Summa cum laude

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

2017. Andrew Mellon Fellowship Program. Nominated by the University of Kentucky.

2017. Honorable Mention, Charlies Kneupper Award. Rhetoric Society of America.

2014. Top Four Competitive Student Papers in International and Intercultural Communication. National Communication Association.

2014. CCCC Chair’s Memorial Scholarship. Conference on College Composition and Communication.

2013. Joyce M. Melville Memorial Award for Best Scholarly Essay in Composition and Rhetoric. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS

2019. Obermann Center for Advanced Studies Interdisciplinary Research Grant. University of Iowa. ($3,000)

2019. Rankin Inclusion Fellow. University of Kentucky. ($3,165)

2017. Research and Creative Activities Program. University of Kentucky. ($1,500)

2015. Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship. University of Wisconsin-Madison. ($6,500)

2015. Vilas Research Travel Grant. University of Wisconsin-Madison. ($1,000)

2014. NCA Student Caucus Travel Grant. National Communication Association.

2014. Herlihy-Jones Scholarship. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Book

Inconvenient Strangers: Transnational Subjects and the Politics of Citizenship. 2019, Ohio State University Press, Intersectional Rhetoric Series.

 

Refereed Articles

“Visualizing Reproductive Justice: Romper’s Doula Diaries and Birth Stories from the Margin.” Forthcoming, Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

 

 

"Birth Images on Instagram: The Disruptive Visuality of Birthing Bodies." Women’s Studies in Communication, 42.1 (2019): 80-100.

 

“Interrogating the ‘Deep Story’: Storytelling and Narratives in the Rhetoric Classroom.” Composition Forum 14 (2018).

 

“Citizenship Discourse in Hong Kong: The Limits of Familial Tropes.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 104.1 (2018): 1-21.

 

“Instagramming Starbucks Bing Sutt: Translocalizing Cultural Memory and the Construction of Cosmopolitan Consumer Subjects.” enculturation: a journal of writing, rhetoric, and culture. 25 (2017).

 

“Affective Economies and Alienizing Discourse: Citizenship and Maternity Tourism in Hong Kong.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 46.5 (2016): 410-433.

 

“Education and Transnational Nationalism: The Rhetoric of Integration in Chinese Moral and National Education in Hong Kong.” Howard Journal of Communication 27.1 (2016): 38-52.

 

“Intercontextuality and Human Rights Discourse: Edward Snowden in Hong Kong and the Local Deployment of Human Rights Tropes." Co-authored with Ling Yang. Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric 5.3 (2015): 50-63. 

 

“Grassroots Tactics and the Appropriation of State Nationalist Rhetoric: Protest, Mockery, and Performance in Hong Kong.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society 4.2 (2015).

"Writing in a Deterritorialized Landscape: Translating Globalism into Composition Pedagogy." Compendium2 5.1 (2012): 19-29.

 

Reviews

Homeland Maternity: US Security Culture and the New Reproductive Regime by Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz. Women Studies in Communication. (Forthcoming)

 

“Affective Relations and Alterity: The Rhetorical Imperative and Rupture in Identification in International Human Rights Discourse.”  Review essay on Spectacular Rhetorics and Inessential Solidarity. Journal of Advanced Composition. (Forthcoming)

 

Gendered Asylum: Race and Violence in U.S. Law and Politics by Sara L. McKinnon. Quarterly Journal of Speech. (2017)

 

The Post-Racial Mystique: Media and Race in the Twenty-First Century by Catherine Squires. Reviews in Cultural Theory. (2014)

 

Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations by Suresh Canagarajah. Critical Multilingualism Studies 2.1 (2014): 170-173.

 

The Cultural Economy of Falun Gong in China: A Rhetorical Perspective by Xiao Ming. enculturaltion 17 (2014).  

 

Decolonizing Literacy: Mexican Lives in the Era of Global Capitalism by Gregorio Hernandez-Zamora. Journal of College Literacy and Learning 38 (2012): 38-39.

 

Un/Common Culture: Racism and the Rearticulation of Cultural Difference by Kamela Visweswaran with Zachary Marshall, Intervention 13.3 (2011): 517-519.

 

In Progress

New Grammars for Reproductive Justice. Co-authored with Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz (book proposal received favorable reviews from the University of California Press, Reproductive Justice Series)

 

“Complicating Acts of Advocacy: Tactics in the Birthing Room.” Proposal accepted by Reflections: A Journal of Community Engaged Writing and Rhetoric (Special Issue: Rhetorics of Reproductive Justice in Public and Civic Contexts)

 

PRESENTATIONS

Conference Presentations

“Hospitality/ Borders.” SuperSession with Jeff Bennett, Karma Chávez, J. David Cisneros, Rebecca Dingo, Lisa Flores, and Belinda Stillion Southard, RSA, May 2020, forthcoming (Portland, OR)

 

“Teaching the Rhetorics of Reproductive Justice: Perspectives from the Classroom and the Community.” Roundtable Presentation with Lori Beth De Hertogh, Emily Winderman, Maria Novotny, and Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz, RSA, May 2020, forthcoming (Portland, OR)

 

“Visualizing Birth Stories from the Margin: Reproductive Justice on Social Media.” Panel presentation with Jo Hsu, Stephanie Kerschbaum, and Emily Davis on “Embodied Storytelling as Resistance and Inclusive Practice.” National Women’s Studies Association, November 2019 (San Francisco, CA)

 

“Digital Resistance to Reproductive Justice.” Workshop presentation with Erin Frost, Marika Siegel, Maria Novotny, Bethany Johnson, and Lori Beth De Hertogh. Computers and Writing, June 2019 (East Lansing, MI)

 

“Engaging Empathy, Performing Care.” CCCC, March 2019 (Pittsburgh, PA)

 

“Deliberative Empathy and Storytelling as Disruption.” Panel presentation with Chris Earle and José Cortez on “Rhetorical Disruptions as Resistance.” National Communication Association, November 2018 (Salt Lake City, UT)

 

“An Absent Presence in Rhetorical Studies: (Re)Inventing Asian/American Rhetoric.” Roundtable presentation with Kate Firestone, Jo Hsu, Vanni Kannan, Florianne Jimenez, LuMing Mao, Terese Guinsatao Monberg, and Morris Young. RSA, June 2017 (Minneapolis, MN)

 

“Rhetorics beyond Persuasion.” Panel presentation with Ruben Casas, Chris Earle, and Leigh Elion on “Deliberative Empathy and Storytelling: Reading Migrant Domestic Workers’ Narratives.” Rhetoric Society of America, June 2017 (Minneapolis, MN)

                                               

“Rhetoric without Persuasion: Enacting Invitational Rhetoric in the Classroom.” Panel presentation with Christina Cedillo, Dagmar Scharold, and Nancy Small on “Cultivating Inclusion: Invitational Approaches to Rhetorical Instruction.” CCCC, March 2016 (Portland, OR)

 

“Masking Apathy with Sympathy: Local South Asians as Non-citizen Subjects.” National Communication Association, November 2016 (Philadelphia, PA)

 

“Differential Sovereignty and Local Rhetorical Tactics in the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement.” Panel presentation with Sara Alvarez, Leif Johnson, and Matthew Rosenblum on “Borders in Translation: Language Practices across Boundaries of State and Difference.” Watson Conference, October 2016 (Louisville, KY)

 

“Witnessing Human Suffering and the Rearticulation of Citizenship.” Rhetoric Society of America, May 2016 (Atlanta, GA)

 

“Personal Narratives as Mode of Resistance.” Panel presentation with Sara Alvarez and Rachel Bloom-Pojar on “The Critical Place of Affect and Culture in Transnationalism: Case Studies from the Local and Global Contexts.” CCCC, March 2016 (Houston, TX)

 

“Embodied and Spatial Performance as Resistance: Studying Multimodal Non-Western Rhetoric.” Panel presentation with LuMing Mao, Bo Wang, and Morris Young on “Re-mapping Asian/Asian American Rhetoric: New Methodologies for Multimodality, Hybridity, and Rhetoricity.” CCCC, March 2015 (Tampa, FL)

 

“Intercontextuality and Human Rights Discourse: Edward Snowden in Hong Kong and the Local Deployment of Human Rights Tropes.” Co-authored with Judy Yang. National Communication Association, November 2014 (Chicago, IL)

 

“Education and Transnational Nationalism: The Rhetoric of Integration in Chinese National and Moral Education in Hong Kong.” National Communication Association, November 2014 (Chicago, IL)

 

“Embodied Tactics as Resistance: National Identity Crisis in Hong Kong.” Panel presentation with Chris Earle and Ruben Casas on “Constructing Crisis: Discourse on Crisis and Victimhood in (Trans)National Encounters.” Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, November 2014 (Reno, NV)

 

“Negotiating the Hong Kong/Chinese Border through the Tiananmen Massacre Commemoration.” Panel presentation with Jerry Won Lee and Linh Dich on “Reimagining National Borders: Shared Digital Relationships, Economies of Popular Discourse, and Grassroots Nationalism.” Rhetorical Society of America, May 2014 (San Antonio, TX)

 

“The Double Bind of Otherness: Rhetorics of Migrant Workers in Hong Kong.” Rhetorical Society of America, May 2014 (San Antonio, TX)

 

“How Open Trade Policies Concretize National Identities: A Case Study of Hong Kong and China.” CCCC, March 2014 (Indianapolis, IN)

 

“ ‘Double Negative’ Pregnant Women from China: The Commercialization of Citizenship and Childbirth.” Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, September 2013 (Stanford, CA)

“Materiality and Global Economic Citizenship: TOMS Shoes’ Usage of Place Emotion as Rhetorical Strategy.” Rhetorical Society of America, UW-Madison Student Chapter, April 2013 (Madison, WI)

 

“Developing Global Literacy: The Re-purposing of Academic Discourse by Inter-governmental Organizations.” CCCC, March 2013 (Las Vegas, NV)

 

“Locusts and Taxpayers: The Economic Rhetorical Construction of Hong Kongese Identity.” Watson Conference, October 2012 (Louisville, KY)

 

“The Ethics of Looking: Teaching Images of Human Suffering in the Composition Classroom.” College English Association, March 2012 (Richmond, VA)

 

“Writing across the Curriculum with a Pedagogy of Globalism.” Midwest MLA, November 2011 (St. Louis, MO)

 

“I Don’t Want to Talk about it: Tutoring Students Who Write about Trauma.” Minnesota Colleges and Universities English and Writing Conference, March 2010 (Minneapolis, MN)

 

Invited Talks

“Race, Gender, and Transnational Citizenship.” University of Kentucky, Department of Geography Colloquium, September 13, 2019.

 

“Deliberative Empathy and the Politics of Citizenship: The Case of Migrant Domestic Workers.” Colgate University, Department of Writing and Rhetoric, April 5, 2019.

 

“Chinese Maternal Tourism in Hong Kong,” University of Kentucky, Gender and Sexuality in China Symposium, Feb 16, 2017.

 

TEACHING

University of Kentucky

WRD 112, Accelerated Freshman Composition (Fall 2016-Fall 2019)

WRD/ENG 401, Special Topic: Rhetoric, Borders and Global Citizenship (Fall 2016)

WRD/ENG 401: Special Topic: Rhetorics of Reproductive Justice (Fall 2019)

WRD 408, Digital Composing (Spring 2017)

WRD 322, Rhetoric and Arguments (Fall 2017)

ST 600, Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Social Theory: Affect (Spring 2018, co-taught with faculty members from Gender and Women Studies, Geography, Hispanic Studies, and Philosophy)

WRD 222, Current Events and Public Engagement (Fall 2018)

WRD 308, Visual Rhetoric (Spring 2019)

WRD/ENG 401: Special Topic: Rhetorics of Reproductive Justice (Fall 2019)

WRD 430: Senior Seminar (Spring 2019)

 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Technical Communications Instructor for the Engineering Summer Program (Summer 2011-2014)

Writing Center Instructor (Fall 2012-Spring 2014; Fall 2015)

English 100, First Year Composition: Traveling (Fall 2011-Spring 2012)

English 201, Intermediate Writing: Border Crossing (Fall 2012-Spring 2013; Fall 2013-Spring 2014)

English 201, Intermediate Writing: Emotions and Writing (Fall 2015-Spring 2016)

 

University of Pittsburgh

Writing Center Peer Tutor (Fall 2009-Spring 2010)

 

GRADUATE COMMITTEES

            Ruwen Chang, (2018-present, PhD in Gender and Women Studies, expected in 2022)

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

University of Wisconsin-Madison

            Graduate Student Administration Project Assistant (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)

Graduate Career Advisor (Fall 2014-Spring 2015)

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Workshop on Rhetorics of Motherhood. Facilitated by Jennifer Borda and Sara Hayden. Rhetoric Society of American Summer Institute. University of Maryland, June 2019.

The Peter Elbow Symposium for the Study and Teaching of Writing: Transnational Approaches to Language, Literacy, and Activism. UMass-Amherst. June 2018.

Seminar on In/Visible Bodies, Vulnerabilities, and Human Rights. Facilitated by Wendy Hesford and Wendy Kozol. Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute. Indiana University. May 2017.

Seminar on the Rhetorics of Citizenship. Facilitated by Karma Chávez and Catherine H. Palczewski. Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute. University of Wisconsin-Madison. June 2015.

Workshop on Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Global Citizenship. Facilitated by Jacqueline Jones Royster. Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute. University of Wisconsin-Madison. June 2015.

Research Method Workshop on Analyzing Digital Writing in a Cross Cultural Framework. Facilitated by Huatong Sun. Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. March 2015.

Seminar on Comparative Rhetoric. Facilitated by LuMing Mao and Arabella Lyon. Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute. University of Kansas. June 2013.

 

Workshop on Translingual Writing. Facilitated by Suresh Canagarajah, Maria Jerskey, and Dorothy Worden. Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute. University of Kansas. June 2013. 

 

 

 

ACADEMIC SERVICE

National

Research Network Forum Leader, RSA, 2020

Ad hoc Reviewer for Big Data & Society, Composition Forum, Feral Feminisms, Howard Journal of Communication, International Migration Review, Research in the Teaching of English, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Routledge.

Proposal Reviewer, National Women’s Studies Association Conference, 2019

Committee Member, Gerald A. Hauser Awards, RSA, 2018. 

            Standing Panel Chair, Asian/Asian American Caucus, CCCC, 2016.

 

University of Kentucky

Judge, Oswald Research and Creativity Competition, 2019.

Organizer, Take Root Reproductive Justice Panel, Year of Equity, 2019.

            Advisory board member, Year of Migration. 2018.

 

Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies

Steering and undergraduate studies committee member, 2019.

Internal chair search committee member, 2018.

Search committee member, 2017.       

Steering committee member, 2016.

 

LANGUAGES

            Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin—native fluency in speaking, writing, and reading)

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Conference on College Composition and Communication

National Council of Teachers of English

National Communication Association Asian/Pacific American Caucus

National Communication Association Women’s Caucus

Rhetorical Society of America

 

REFERENCES         

Michael Bernard-Donals

Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff

Professor of English

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michael.bernarddonals@wisc.edu

608-262-9314

 

Janice W. Fernheimer

Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies

Zantker Professor and Director of Jewish Studies University of Kentucky

jfernheimer@uky.edu

859-257-6973

Sara McKinnon

Associate Professor of Communication Arts

University of Wisconsin-Madison

smckinnon@wisc.edu

608-262-2417

 

Christa J. Olson

Associate Professor of English

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Christa.olson@wisc.edu

608-263-3622

 

Morris Young                                                                         

Professor of English

University of Wisconsin-Madison msyoung@wisc.edu    

608-263-3367                                                         

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