Professor Jennifer Ho
Professor • Director, Center for Humanities and the Arts
Asian American Studies


Pronouns: she / her / hers



Ph.D., Boston University - English, 2003
M.A., Boston University - English, 1996
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara - English, 1992

Research Interests

Asian American literary and cultural studies, intersectionality, critical race studies, anti-racist theory and praxis, contemporary American multiethnic literature, critical mixed race studies

The daughter of a refugee father from China and an immigrant mother from Jamaica, whose own parents were, themselves, immigrants from Hong Kong, Jennifer Ho is a professor in the department of Ethnic Studies and the director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts (CHA) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Ho had a faculty appointment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2004-2019, where she taught courses in Asian American literature, contemporary multiethnic American literature, critical race studies, and intersectionality—she will be offering similar courses at CU Boulder. She is the current president of the Association for Asian American Studies and sits on the board for the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes, the National Committee on US-China Relations, and Kundiman, a national non-profit dedicated to Asian American writing and writers.

Ho is the author of three books: Consumption and Identity in Asian American Coming-of-Age Novels (Routledge Press, 2005), Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2015), which won the 2016 South Atlantic Modern Languages Association award for best monograph, and Understanding Gish Jen (University of South Carolina Press, 2015). She is co-editor of a collection of essays on race and narratology, Race, Ethnicity, and Narrative in the United States (OSU Press, 2017) and a series of teaching essays on Asian American literature, Teaching Approaches to Asian American Literature (forthcoming MLA 2022). She has published in journals such as Modern Fiction StudiesJournal for Asian American StudiesAmerasia JournalThe Global South and has also presented at conferences such as the International Society for the Study of Narrative, American Studies Association, Modern Language Association, American Literature Association, and the Association of Asian American Studies. Two of her current book projects are a breast cancer memoir and a family autobiography that 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. In addition to her academic work, Ho is active in community engagement around issues of race and intersectionality, leading workshops on anti-racism and how to talk about race in our current social climate.

Selected Interviews

AMA Journal of Ethics – Ethics Talk: “Spread of Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia During COVID-19 Pandemic” (June 2020)

Brown University – Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, “Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture” (January 2018)

Splendid Table “Food plays a crucial role in how I identify as Chinese Jamaican” (March 2015)

WUNC – The State of Things “No F****** Pink Ribbons! Is it Time for the Bow to Go?”(January 2014)

Selected Publications


Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the United StatesEdited along with James Donahue (SUNY Potsdam) & Shaun Morgan (Tennessee Wesleyan College). Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2017.

Understanding Gish Jen. Columbia, SC: The University of South Carolina Press, 2015.

Racial Ambiguity in Asian American Culture. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 2015.

Consumption and Identity in Asian American Coming-of-Age Novels. New York: Routledge Press, 2005.

Selected Articles/Book Chapters

Anti-Asian Racism, Black Lives Matter, and COVID-19” Japan Forum.  33:1, 148-159 (2021).

Claiming Dixie?” Oxford AmericanSpring 2019. 12-15. 

The Accidental Academic or How to Succeed in Academia through Failure and Doubt.” Staging Women’s Lives in Academia, eds. Michelle Masse and Nan Bauer-Maglin. State University of New York Press, 2017. 29-39.

Identity.” Keywords in Asian American Studies, eds. K. Scott Wong, Linda Vo, and Cathy Schlund-Vials.  New York: New York University Press, 2015. 125-127.

In-Progress (single author)

“I Am Not My Breast Cancer: Why I Hate Those F****** Pink Ribbons and Other Observations on My Post-Cancer Life” (book manuscript/memoir).

“Three Continents, Five Countries, One Family: My Chinese Jamaican Family’s Transnational and Transpacific Story” (book manuscript/family biography).