Jennifer Ho has participated as a Faculty Fellow (2008, 2012) and Academic Leadership Program Fellow (2016). She first came to UNC Chapel Hill as a postdoctoral fellow for faculty diversity (2003-2005) and joined the Department of English as an Assistant Professor in 2005. Ho is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill and also serves as the department’s Director of Graduate Studies. She teaches courses in Asian American literature, multi-ethnic American literature, and Contemporary American literature, her research interests are in critical race theory, anti-racism, and narratology, and she was awarded a Chapman Family Teaching Award fellowship (2012).
Ho’s research focuses on issues of race and identity in contemporary American society as reflected in Asian American literature and culture. She is the author of three books, including the recently published Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2015) and Understanding Gish Jen (University of South Carolina Press, 2015). She has published in journals such as Modern Fiction Studies, Journal for Asian American Studies, Amerasia Journal, The Global South and also has presented at conferences such as the American Studies Association, Modern Language Association, American Literature Association, and the Association of Asian American Studies. Her next academic project will consider Asian Americans in the global south through the narrative of her maternal family’s immigration from Hong Kong to Jamaica to North America.
She received her BA in English from the University of California Santa Barbara (1992) and her PhD in English from Boston University (2003).