Jennifer Ho


Greenlaw 205/442
(919) 962-8478

Director of Graduate Studies

Associate Professor 

My research and teaching interests are in Asian American, Multiethnic American, Contemporary American literature and Critical Race Theory. In particular, I am interested in the construction of contemporary American identities—the topic of my first book, Consumption and Identity in Asian American Coming-of-Age Novels (Routledge Press, 2005)—and anti-racist activism/education. My book, Racial Ambiguity in Contemporary Asian American Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2015) examines the theme of racial ambiguity in various modes of cultural production (oral history, new media, literature, film, sports journalism) created predominantly by and about Asian Americans in the late-20th/early 21st century. Other  book projects include a critical biography on contemporary American writer Gish Jen, Understanding Gish Jen (University of South Carolina Press, Fall 2015) and a co-edited (along with James Donahue and Shaun Morgan) collection of essays, Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the Americas (under review at The Ohio University State Press). In the future I hope to work on a critical autobiography about breast cancer and a study on the Asian diaspora in the Global South. 

I am also currently the Associate Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Hear Jennifer discuss her new book, Racial Ambiguity in Contemporary Asian American Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2015), on a recent episode of WUNC's "The State of Things." Dr. Ho also appeared on "The State of Things" in 2014 to talk about "pink ribbon culture" and "being Asian American in Dixie."

She has also been interviewed on how food plays a crucial role in how she identifies as a Chinese-Jamaican with The Splendid Table.

Teaching Awards

Chapman Family Teaching Award, 2012


Hire Date: 2005

PhD: Boston University, 2003
MA: Boston University, 1996
BA: University of California at Santa Barbara, 1992

Research Groups and Interests

Group IX - Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
Group VII - American Literature from 1900 to the Present