Mark S. Ferrara has taught at universities in the United States, South Korea, China, and on a Fulbright scholarship in Turkey. His courses are internationally focused, interdisciplinary, and aim to raise critical insight of other cultures through their literatures.
Ferrara's research interests include religious studies, Asian philosophy, rhetoric and political discourse, cultural studies, and world literatures. His most recent book is entitled Palace of Ashes: China and the Decline of American Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015).
He is also author of Barack Obama and the Rhetoric of Hope, a study of the president's appropriation of American culture and history in the political campaigns, and co-editor of the translated book Between Noble and Humble: Cao Xueqin and Dream of the Red Chamber, an historical introduction to the masterwork of Chinese novelist Cao Xueqin (1715-1763).
Ferrara blogs about the crisis in American higher education at: askmyprofessor.org