Professor of Asian American Studies & Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; Chair of Designated Emphasis
Wendy Ho, Ph.D, is a Senior Lecturer with a joint appointment in the Department of Asian American Studies and the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program. She is a faculty member of the Cultural Studies Graduate Program and a number of MRGs in APIA public policy, food politics and performance studies. She lead the drive toward Departmental status and undergraduate curriculum innovation and increased coordination with campus sites, state, local and cultural community contacts throughout the region. Another of her proudest accomplishments has been developing one of the first Asian American Studies programs and ethnic studies requirements in the Midwest at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and co-founding the Pacific Asian and Women's Alliance, a social and public policy group between the community and University of Wisconsin. She was on the Advisory Boards of the Davis Humanities Institute and the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) and is on the Executive Committee of the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis. She is currently working on a number of institutional cross-disciplinary graduate studies initiatives and transnational collaborations to radically transform educational and pedagogical structures and practices. She is the director of the Asian American Cultural Politics research group that has forefronted speaker series in Critical Race Studies, Asian American Dance and Performance and APIA Sexualities. Her current research focuses on women and gender studies, Asian American studies, feminist theory, Asian American literature and women, literature by women of color, masculinities as well as cultural and food/environmental/sustainability studies. Her first book focuses on the history and literature of Chinese American writers in the United States, especially on the changing formations of gender, family and community. She teaches courses on Intro to Women and Gender Studies, Feminist Theorizing, Asian American Women, Asian American Masculinities, Asian American History and will be teaching a course on Chinese American Experiences and Histories.