Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Xiqiao Wang
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Xiqiao Wang

Assistant Professor

Office: 233 Bessey Hall

Email: wangx14@msu.edu

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Research Areas

Transnational literacy, digital literacy, translingual pedagogy, multimodal composition


I am an assistant professor at the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Culture. I earned my doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University, with a focus on literacy education, especially writing research and digital literacies. My previous work as a writing teacher, literacy researcher, and teacher educator has allowed me to develop a research program that attends to the dynamic intersection of social, cultural, and economic conditions of literacy learning and teaching in the context of globalization and transnational movements of peoples, artifacts, ideas, and text.


Ph.D. in Literacy Education. 2013. Department of Teaching and Learning, Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University. Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition. 2005. English Department, College of Arts and Letters, University of South Florida. Tampa, Florida, USA.

Representative Work


Fraiberg, S., Wang, X., & You, X. (2017). Inventing the world grant university: Chinese international students' mobilities, literacies, and identities. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press.

Journal Articles

Wang, X. (2019, forthcoming). Observing literacy learning across WeChat and first-year writing: A scalar analysis of one transnational student’s multilingualism. Computers and Composition.

Wang, X. (2017). Developing Translingual disposition through a writing theory cartoon assignment. Journal of Basic Writing, 36(1), 56-86,

Wang, X. (2017). Spatial and literacy practices of Chinese international students across a college bridge writing classroom and WeChat. Language and Education, 31(6), 561-579.

Wang, X. (2016). Transnational students' literacy and networking practices. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 60(6), 687-696.

De Costa, P., Canagarajah, S., Singh, J., Wang, X., Fraiberg, S., & Milu, E. (2017). Pedagogizing translingual practice: Prospects and possibilities. Research in the Teaching of English, 51(4), 464-472.

Kiernan, J., Meier, J., & Wang, X. (2017). Translingual approaches to reading and writing: Centering students' languages and cultures within reflective practices of translation. L1: Educational Studies in Language and Literature, 17, 1-18.

Kiernan, J., Meier, J., & Wang, X. (2016). Negotiating languages and cultures: Enacting translingualism through a translation narrative assignment. Composition Studies, 44(1), 89-107.

Book Chapters

Fraiberg, S., Wang, X., & Wen, K. (2017). "Shock you chocolate": Mobilizing translocal networks in a first-year writing course. In N. DeJoy & B. Q. Smith (Eds.), Collaborations and innovations: Supporting multilingual writers across campus units (pp. 136-167). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Leander, K. M., C. Lewis, X. Wang (2007). Digital literacies. in B. Guzzetti (Eds.) Literacy for the new millennium. NH: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Manuscripts Under Review

Wang, X. Multilingual writing process and translocal networks. Research in the Teaching of English.

Wang, X. Negotiating disconnects: Reading across personal, academic and disciplinary contexts in and out of FYW. College Composition and Communication.

Awards and Recognitions

Wang, Xiqiao. Critical and creative thinking through reading and writing pedagogy. Fulbright Specialist Program. $8500. World Learning Organization, 2018

Grants Funded

Wang, Xiqiao with DeCosta, Peter, Fraiberg Steve and Cheatle, Joseph. Neighborhood Writing Centers: Connecting to University-Wide Services to Enhance the International Student Experience. $30,000. Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant, Michigan State University, 2017

Wang, Xiqiao with Sun, Fei and Xia, Qing. Stress and Coping among Chinese Undergraduate Students: Pilot Testing the Effectiveness of a Resiliency-Based Intervention. $15,000. Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant, Michigan State University. 2017

Wang, Xiqiao with Prim, Erin. $1000. Culturally sustaining pedagogy and reading instruction in college writing classrooms. College of Arts and Letters Undergraduate Research Fund, Michigan State University, 2015

Wang, Xiqiao with Lau, Chi-Kyi $ 1000. Wechat, Multilingual Experiences, and Social Identities. College of Arts and Letters Undergraduate Research Fund, Michigan State University. 2014

Wang, Xiqiao with Fraiberg, S. and You, X. Translocal Practices of Students in National and International Contexts. $9,963.75 CCCC Research Initiative, 2014

Selected Courses Taught

WRA 1004: Preparation for College Writing
ENG 302: Introduction to Language Studies
ENG 413: Writing Pedagogy Workshop
VIP 856A: Pedagogy of University Teaching
VIP 856B: TESOL Pedagogy