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Sheng Lu

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia 2011

Quinn Hall, Room 309B
(401) 874-2881


Sheng joined the faculty in 2011 after receiving his Ph.D. in Textile and Apparel Management from University of Missouri. Sheng’s areas of expertise include global softgoods industry (textile, apparel and related retailing), international trade and trade policy as well as governance of global apparel value chain. More recently, Sheng is researching on:


  • Sectoral impact of the Transpacific Partnership(TPP), Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership(T-TIP) and U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) by using the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeling;
  • Restructuring of the U.S. textile and apparel industry under the framework of the global apparel value chain (GVC), particularly the structural shift in employment, production, consumption and trade patterns;
  • Economic and business implication of new generation technologies on the global softgoods industry, such as the global apparel supply chain in the 3D printing era;
  • The role of the textile and apparel industry in promoting economic growth, human development and poverty reduction in developing countries and related trade policy issues such as the GSP system, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and rules of origin (RoO).


Sheng’s scholarship is recognized both in the U.S. and in China. He received the China Textile Economy Research Award - 2nd place in both 2013 and 2010, the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Faculty Development Award in 2013, the ITAA Best Doctoral Student Paper-1st Place in 2009 and the China Trade Remedy Research Award - 2nd place in 2006.


In department, Sheng teaches courses closely related to his specialty areas, including:

  • TMD 433 (Textile markets): Big landscape of the 21st century global textile and apparel (T&A) industry and the critical global agendas & trade policy associated with the T&A industry (
  • TMD 432 (Fashion apparel supply chain management): corporate business strategy in the T&A industry, with a special focus on supply chain management from a global perspective
  • TMD 332 (Fashion merchandise buying): merchandising theory, concepts, techniques and industry practices, with focus on retail finance, pricing strategy, inventory management and merchandise planning
  • TMD 570 (Global Softgoods industry): advanced study of theories and research on the business and economic aspects of the global softgoods industry, including T&A global supply chain management & international trade, corporate business strategy & competitiveness and evolution of the global T&A industry.

Sheng has also actively engaged with industry leaders, policymakers and scholars to gain insight into the global nature of the soft-goods industry. He worked as a research assistant for the U.S.-China Business Council in Washington D.C. from 2009 to 2010, conducting policy analysis and market research for U.S. multinationals having business with China. Before coming to the U.S., Sheng received his Master degree in Industrial Economics and Bachelor degree in International Economics and Trade from Donghua University (the former China Textile University) in Shanghai.


Selected Publications

Lu, S. (2013). Impacts of quota elimination on world textile trade: A reality check from 2000 to 2010, Journal of the Textile Institute, 104(3), 239-250.


Lu, S., & Dickerson, K. (2012). The United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and its impacts on China’s textile and apparel exports to the United States, Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 28(5),300-314.


Lu, S., & Dickerson, K. (2012). The relationship between import penetration and the operation of the U.S. textile and apparel industries from 2002 to 2008. Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 28(3), 119-133.


Lu, S. (2012). An empirical study on the impacts of the quota elimination on world clothing trade from 2000 to 2009, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, 16(3), 306-326.


Zhang, SY& Lu, S. (2010). World economy and export dependency of china’s textile industry. Journal of Donghua University(English Edition), 27(5), 623-627.


Ha-Brookshire, J. & Lu, S. (2010). Organizational identities and their economic performance: an analysis of U.S. textile and apparel firms of U.S. textile and apparel firms, Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 28(3), 174-188.


Lu, S. & Ha-Brookshire, J. (2009). Regional production network led by the U.S. textile industry and the impact of the 2006-2008 U.S.-China textile agreement. Journal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, 6(2), 1-11.


Lu, S. (2010). Enter China’s retail market? Market access regulations and business oppertuntieis for forein investment. China Business Review, 36(3), 16-19.


Lu, S. (2009). The Outlook for U.S. - China textile and apparel trade in 2009: From the trade policy perspective. Online Journal of the International Fashion and Apparel Industry, 2(1).


In Chinese:

Lu, S. (2013). Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on textile and apparel trade in the Pacific Rim. World Trade Organization Focus, 20(5), 67-77.


Lu, S. (2011). The fifth anniversary of “post-quota era”: New trends and pattern of world textiles and apparel trade. World Trade Organizaiton Focus, 18(2), 1-10.


Lu, S. (2008). Assessment on the trade impacts of the U.S. monitoring system on apparel imports from Vietnam. World Trade Organization Focus, 15(1), 7-12.


Lu, S. (2007). China textile trade policy from 2007 to 2008: Review and outlook, Journal of Jiangsu Textiles, 26(8), 3-7.


Lu, S. (2006). Assessment on the economic impacts of the India anti-dumping measures against Chinese silk products. Journal of Silk, 51(3), 1-4.


Lu, S. (2006).Determination of “Market Disruption” in Practice: Case study on the U.S. transitional textile safeguard measures against China. 2006 China Trade Remedy Research Award Proceedings. Ministry of Commerce, PRC.


Lu, S. (2006). Quantitative evaluation on the 2005 China-U.S. textile memorandum of understandings. Journal of Jiangsu Textiles, 25(1), 10-13.


Lu, S. and Zhang, B. (2005). U.S. textile safeguard policy against China: Evolution and trends. World Trade Organization Focus, 12(7), 31-36.


Lu, S. (2004). The dynamics of the U.S. textile trade policy against China under the WTO framework, Journal of World Economy Study, 23(7), 41-48.



Lu, S. (2012, June 13). Patterns of world textile and clothing trade: 2005-2011, China Textiles (Newspaper, national).(in Chinese)


Lu, S. (2011, December 7). The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and China's textile and apparel exports, China Textiles (Newspaper, national).(in Chinese)


Lu, S. (2011, October 17). U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement poses challenges to China's textile and apparel exports to the United States, China Textiles (Newspaper, national).(in Chinese)