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Qianqian Zhang-Wu

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Assistant Professor of English; Director of Multilingual Writing

A passionate researcher, a devoted educator, and a nerdy applied linguist, Dr. Qianqian Zhang-Wu’s research focuses on multilingualism, multilingual writing, translingualism and TESOL. Her work appears in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals, such as TESOL Quarterly, College English, Journal of International Students, Journal of Education, Language and Education, and Journal of Second Language Writing among various others. Dr. Zhang-Wu’s single-authored book Languaging Myths and Realities: Journeys of Chinese international Students was published by Multilingual Matters in 2021. This book has won three influential national and international awards, including the 2023 CCCC Research Impact Award, 2023 CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award honorable mention, and 2022 CIES-SAIS Best Book Award. Through a vigorous study of Chinese undergraduate students’ translingual lives, her monograph raises critical issues of social justice for multilingual international students, contributing to discussions on monolingualism and racism in American higher education. Dr. Zhang-Wu’s work was recognized by national and international professional organizations. She was the recipient of NCTE Research Foundation’s CNV fellowship, CIES Best Dissertation Award (SAIS-SIG), and CCCC Scholars for the Dream Award among other honors. Currently, Dr. Zhang-Wu serves as the Historian/Secretary in CCCC SLW-SIG, and she is working on her co-edited 2023 special issue in Journal of Language, Identity, and Education while preparing for her second research monograph. Multilingual in Mandarin Chinese, English and Japanese, Dr. Zhang-Wu is also an affiliated faculty at the Global Asian Studies Program at Northeastern University. Dr. Zhang-Wu received her Ph.D. from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College and her M.S. Ed in Educational Linguistics (TESOL) from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • 2023 College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 2023 CCCC Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 2023 CCCC Research Initiative Grant 
  • 2023 CCCC Research Impact Award
  • 2023 CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award honorable mention
  • 2022 CIES-SAIS Best Book Award
  • 2021 Best Dissertation Award, Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
  • 2021 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Scholars for the Dream Award
  • 2020-2022 NCTE Research Foundation Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color (CNV) Fellowship
  • 2020-2021 Hong Liu China Studies Research Award
  • 2019-2020  Office of the Provost Full-Time Faculty Professional Development Fund
  • 2017 AERA Bilingual Education Research SIG Travel Award, American Education Research Association
  • 2014 TESOL Spirit Award from the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Education

    Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, Boston College
    M.S. Ed in Educational Linguistics (TESOL), University of Pennsylvania

  • Contact

  • Address

    435 Holmes Hall
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Office Hours

    M & Th 10:30-11:30am


Course catalog
  • Offers writing instruction for students in the College of Engineering and the College of Computer and Information Science. Students practice and reflect on writing in professional, public, and academic genres—such as technical reports, progress reports, proposals, instructions, presentations, and technical reviews—relevant to technical professions and individual student goals. In a workshop setting, offers students an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of sources and develop expertise in audience analysis, critical research, peer review, and revision.

  • Designed for students whose first or strongest language is not English. Students study and practice writing in a workshop setting; read a range of texts in order to describe and evaluate the choices writers make and apply that knowledge to their own writing; explore how writing functions in a variety of academic, professional, and public contexts; and write for various purposes and audiences in multiple genres and media. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to conduct research using primary and secondary sources and to give and receive feedback, to revise their work, and to reflect on their growth as writers.