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Xing (Lucy) Lu

  • Professor
  • ​​​PhD​ in Rhetoric and Communication​ (University of Oregon)
  • Communication Studies
  • (312) 362-7759
  • Byrne Hall, 2219 North Kenmore Avenue, Room 457

Lucy Xing Lu received her BA in English in China, her MA in TESOL in Australia, and her PhD in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Oregon. Lu’s academic interests include Chinese rhetoric, comparative rhetoric, intercultural/multicultural communication, language and culture, cultural identity, and Asian American communication.

In addition to four books and two edited volumes, Lu has published over 30 articles on rhetoric and intercultural communication as peer-reviewed book chapters and in refereed academic journals, including Quarterly Journal of Speech, Western Journal of Communication, Howard Journal of Communication, Discourse & Society, Intercultural Communication Studies, and China Media Research.

Outside of academia, she enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, spending time with friends, and shopping with her daughter.

Languages (Spoken and Written)
Chinese and English


  • Excellent Teaching Award, DePaul University (2017)​
  • Spirit of Inquiry, DePaul University (2008)
  • Award for “Outstanding Dedication to the Class of 2006”
  • Endowed Chair Professor of Xiamen University, China
  • Recipient of National Endowment for Humanities summer grant (2002)
  • Recipient of the James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address for the book Rhetoric in Ancient China, Fifth to Third Century B. C. E.: A Comparison with Greek Rhetoric (Presented by the National Communication Association 1999)
  • Several summer research grants and competitive research grants from DePaul University. Ola Love Fellowship, American Association of University Women (1988)

Courses Taught


  • CMN 103 Intercultural Communication
  • CMN 202 Introduction to Linguistics
  • CMN 390 Intercultural Communication Competence
  • CMN 390 Chinese Culture and Communication
  • CMNS 211 Interpersonal Communication
  • CMNS 212 Small Group Communication
  • CMNS 220 Public Speaking
  • CMNS 304 Multiculturalism in the USA
  • CMNS 309 International/Global Communication​
  • CMNS 321 Cultural and Symbolic Criticism
  • CMNS 328 Historical Foundations of Rhetoric and Communication
  • CMNS 329 Persuasion
  • CMNS 337 Asian American Media Representation
  • CMNS 338 Asian Culture and Communication
  • ISP 101 Asian Americans in Chicago
  • LSP 200 Asian American Experiences in the USA


  • CMNS 501 Communication in Cultural Contexts
  • CMNS 502 Intercultural Communication Theories
  • CMNS 503 Communication in Cultures in Transition
  • CMNS 504 Language, Thought, and Culture
  • CMNS 509 Rhetoric, Discourse, and Identity in Cultural Contexts
  • CMNS 522 Rhetorical Construction of Identity


Book Chapters

  • Lu, Xing (2017). "The Little Red Book Lives on: Mao’s Rhetorical Legacies in Contemporary Chinese Political Imaginings." In Imagining China: Rhetorics of Nationalism in an Age of Globalization. Edited by Stephen Hartnett, Lisa Keranen, & Dovovan Conley. Michigan State University Press, pp. 11-45.
  • Lu, Xing (2015). “Dreaming between Civilizations: Rhetoric and Communication.” In Four Seas to One Family: Overseas Chinese and the Chinese Dream, edited by: Tan Chung & Lily H.M. Ling主编谭 中凌焕銘. Published by the Central Compilation and Translation Press, Beijing. Chinese version: 128-133, English Version: 146-152.
  • Lu, Xing (2009). “A Historical Overview of Public Speaking Traditions and Practices in China and the West.” In English Public Speaking in Global Context: Challenges and Innovations—Proceedings of the First National Symposium on English Public Speaking. Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, Beijing, China, pp. 32-46.
  • Lu, Xing (2008). “Construction of nationalism and political legitimacy through rhetoric of the anti-SARS campaign: A fantasy analysis.” In The Social Construction of SARS. John Powers and Xiaosui Xiao (Eds), Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp.109-124.
  • Lu, Xing (2008). “西方说辩学/修辞学 ("History and Development of Western Rhetoric"). In《沟通交际学》(Communication Studies), Shuming Lu 鲁曙明(Eds.). 中国人民大学出版社 (China Renmin University Press). Spring 2008.
  • Lu, Xing (2004). “Classical Chinese Rhetoric in the Fifth and Third Century BCE” In Within Widening Gyre. Edited by Sam Edelman. Hampton Press.
  • Lu, Xing (2002). “Chinese Culture and Communication: Diverse Contexts and Comparison with the West: An Introduction” in Chinese Communication Studies: Contexts and Comparisons. Edited by Xing Lu, Wenshan Jia, and D. Ray Heisey, pp. 1-16. Ablex Publishing.
  • Lu, Xing (2002). "Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Rhetorics: Reflections and Challenges” in Chinese Communication Theory and Research: Reflections, New Frontiers, and New Directions. Eds. Wenshan Jia and Ray Heisey, pp.105-120. Ablex Publishing.
  • Lu, Xing (2000).“The Influence of Classical Chinese Theories on Contemporary Communication” in Chinese Perspectives on Rhetoric and Communication. Edited by D. Ray Heisey, pp. 3-24. Ablex Publishing Company.
  • Lu, Xing (1998). "Identity Negotiation in the Classroom" in I Have a Story to Tell. Eds. Sandra Jackson and Jose Solis, pp. 71-86. Peter Lang.

Journal Articles

  • Lu, Xing. “Rhetorical Construction of the Ideal Chinese Leader in President Xi Jinping's Overseas Speeches.” China Media Research. 13 (1), 2017, 74-82.
  • Lu, Xing. Ideological Contestation over Parenting Styles: Dr. Spock vs. Amy Chua. China Media Research. 12(1), 2016, 25-34.
  • Lu, Xing. (2015) “Comparative Rhetoric: Contemplating on Tasks and Methodologies in the Twenty-First Century”. Rhetoric Review. 34 (2): 266-273.
  • Lu, Xing. (2014). "Rhetoric of Legitimacy: Comparing Han Yu’s Defense of Confucianism and Mao Zedong’s justification of the Communist Rule". China Media Research. 10 (4), 101-110.
  • Lu, Xing. (2012). "A Burkean Analysis of China Is Not Happy: A Rhetoric of Nationalism". Chinese Journal of Communication. 5 (2), 194-209.
  • Lu, Xing. (2011). "From 'Ideological Enemies' to 'Strategic Partners': A Rhetorical Analysis of U.S. — Chinese Relations in Intercultural Contexts". The Howard Journal of Communications. 22, June, 1-22.
  • Lu, Xing & Chen, Guo-Ming. (2011). "Language Change and Value Orientations in Chinese Culture". China Media Research. Vol. 7 (3), 56-63.
  • Lu, Xing. (2006). "Studies and Development of Comparative Rhetoric in the U.S.A.: Chinese and Western Rhetoric in Focus". China Media Research. 2 (2), 112-116.
  • Shi, Xiaowei & Lu, Xing. (2007). "Bilingual and Bicultural Development of Chinese American Adolescents and Young Adults: A Comparative Study". The Howard Journal of Communication. 18, 313-333.
  • Lu, Xing & Simons, Herbert. (2006). "Transitional Rhetoric of Chinese Communist Party Leaders in the Post-Mao Reform Period: Dilemma and Strategies". Quarterly Journal of Speech. 92 (3), 262-286.
  • Lu, Xing. (2001). "Bicultural Identity Development and Chinese Community Formation: An Ethnographic Study of Chinese Schools in Chicago". The Howard Journal of Communications. 12, 203-220.
  • Lu, Xing. (1999). "An Ideological/Cultural Analysis of Political Slogans in Communist China". Discourse & Society. 10 (4), 487-508.
  • Lu, Xing. (1999). "A Rhetoric of Nationalism and Anti-Americanism in China Can Say No". Intercultural Communication Studies Vol. VIII-2, 163-176.
  • Lu, Xing. (1998). "An Interface Between Individualistic and Collectivistic Orientations in Chinese Cultural Values and Social Relations". The Howard Journal of Communications. 9, 91-107.
  • Lu, Xing. (Fall 1993/Winter 1994). "Theory of Persuasion in Han Fei Tzu and Its Impact on Chinese Communication Behaviors". The Howard Journal of Communications, 5, 108-122.
  • Lu, Xing & Frank, David. (1993). "On the Study of Ancient Chinese Rhetoric/Bian." Western Journal of Communication. 57, Fall, 445-463.