Michelle Murray Yang

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

2114 Skinner Building
Professional Interests: 

Dr. Michelle Murray Yang is a rhetorical critic whose scholarly work examines how China and U.S.-Sino relations are portrayed in U.S. media and political discourse. She is the author of American Political Discourse on China (Routledge, 2017), which traces how historical portrayals of China as the yellow peril have been revised in U.S. news and political discourse to cast China as a menacing red peril. She is currently working on two new book projects. The first examines how North Korea and its relationship with China are portrayed in U.S. political and media discourse. The second is a joint project with Dr. Anita Atwell Seate that combines a survey design with rhetorical criticism to examine how media discourse regarding the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy influences how people understand and communicate about group-based conflict. Both projects will contribute to our understanding of symbol handlers’ use of rhetorical strategies to depict nations and groups as “others” in political discourse. Dr. Murray Yang’s work has appeared in a variety of outlets, including the Quarterly Journal of SpeechRhetoric & Public Affairs, and the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. 

Curriculum Vitae

Graduate Advising Philosophy

Representative Publications:

Murray Yang, Michelle. American Political Discourse on China. New York, NY: Routledge, 2017.

Murray Yang, Michelle. “Kairotic Reflections on Detroit: The Rhetorical Cartography of the Heidelberg Project.” Western Journal of Communication, published online April 2019.

Murray Yang, Michelle. “At War with the Chinese Economic Yellow Peril: Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential Campaign Rhetoric.” Journal of Intercultural Communication Research 45, no. 1 (2016): 45-69.

Murray Yang, Michelle. “Still Burning: Self-Immolation as Photographic Protest.” Quarterly Journal of Speech, 97, no. 1 (2011): 1-25.