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 a Professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill. 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 Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2015) and co-editor of Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States (Ohio State University Press 2017). 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 B.A. in English from the University of California Santa Barbara (1992) and her Ph.D. in English from Boston University (2003).