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Keren Wang

Keren Wang

Assistant Teaching Professor in Communication Arts and Sciences

313 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802


  1. PhD in Communication Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University
  2. Master of International Affairs, Pennsylvania State University

Research Area:

I study rhetorical theory and social change from transnational and critical-legal perspectives. My research examines Asian rhetorical traditions and on the convergence and fractures of human rights discourse across different rule-making structures.



Recent Publications

Wang, Keren. Legal and Rhetorical Foundations of Economic Globalization: An Atlas of Ritual Sacrifice in Late-Capitalism. 1st ed. Oxford: Routledge, 2019.  ISBN: 9780367188405


Wang, Keren. “The Rhetorical Invention of Laws of Sacrifice: Kelo v. New London,” Communication Law Review, Volume 18, Issue 2 (October, 2018): 59-95.


Wang, Keren and Nabih Haddad, “Participatory Global Citizenship: Civic Education Beyond Territoriality,” first published in Journal of Self-Governance and Management Economics, Vol. 3(1), 2015, selected for the Yale Global Academic Papers Collection, Yale Global Online, <> (2016).

Larry C. Backer and Wang, Keren. “The Emerging Structures of Socialist Constitutionalism with Chinese Characteristics: Extrajudicial Detention and the Chinese Constitutional Order,”Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, volume 23 no. 2 (2014): 251-341.



Rhetorical Theory Seminar: surveys classical and contemporary rhetorical theory from comparative and transnational perspectives. Students will engage representative texts from  East Asian, Islamic, Western and post-colonial traditions of rhetoric(s), and evaluate their critical implications for interrogating present-day public messages.

Message Analysis: introduces students to principles of rhetorical theory and critical analysis by evaluating a wide range of public messages, presented in both traditional and new media formats. Emphasis is placed on learning the ways in which public messages are adapted and circulated across diverse audience groups, and how to critically engage attempts to influence how you think, feel, and/or act.

Group Communication: explores communication within the context of small groups. Students will study and perform collaborative, adaptive, and conversation-driven communication, and manage the complex task and social processes inherent to groups. At the end of this course,students will be able to: [1] collaboratively deliberate on issues of public concern; [2] select and implement optimal problem-solving strategies; and [3] manage conflict in small groups effectively.

Effective Communication - Public Speaking: studies the effective use of oral and digital/visual communication as a means of addressing practical problems in communal and civic contexts. It is designed to introduce students to principles of rhetorical play, implemented through the design and presentation of problem-policy speeches adapted to diverse audiences.