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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 textile and apparel industry, international trade and trade policy as well as governance of global apparel value chain. More recently, Sheng is researching on:


  • Textile and apparel 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;
  • The role of next generation technology (such as 3D Printing) and trade policy design (such as environmental and labor standards in free trade agreement) in promoting sustainability and corporate social responsibility practices in the global textile and apparel industry;
  • The role of the textile and apparel industry in driving economic growth, promoting human development and reducing poverty in developing countries and related trade policy issues such as the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and rules of origin (RoO).


Sheng’s scholarly contribution to the textile and apparel discipline has been recognized in several distinguished academic awards. He received the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Rising Star Award in 2014, 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 the TMD 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 textile and apparel 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 M.S. in Industrial Economics and B.S. in International Economics and Trade from Donghua University (the former China Textile University) in Shanghai.


Selected Publications

Lu, S. (in press) Does Japan's cccession to the Trans-Pacific Partnership mean an opportunity or a threat to the U.S. textile industry? A quantitative evaluation, Journal of the Textile Institute.


Lu, S.(in press) Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on China’s textiles and apparel exports: A quantitative analysis, The International Trade Journal.


Lu,S. (2014). 2014 U.S. fashion industry benchmarking study. U.S. Fashion Industry Association: Washington, DC.


Lu,S. (2013). Use blogging as a teaching tool for textile and apparel global trade courses. International Textile and Apparel Association Teaching Collection.


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).