Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies
Transnational feminisms, critical race/ethnic studies, 20th century American literature, Southeast Asian diasporas, science/speculative fiction, Anglophone postcolonial studies, migration, and religion
- Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005
Tamara C. Ho is currently Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Liberal Studies (2015-present) and core faculty in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Intersexual, and Transgender (LGBIT) studies program; the Southeast Asia: Text, Ritual, and Performance (SEATRiP) program; and the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies (SFTS) program as well as cooperating faculty in Comparative Literature. Ho's areas of specialization include contemporary American literature, Anglophone postcoloniality, and Southeast Asian diasporas. Her research focuses on transnational feminisms, religion (transgendered shamanism, Burmese Theravada Buddhism), and intersections of race, ethnicity, and sexuality. Her work has been published in the journals PMLA, Discourse, and Signs and in various collections in Asian American studies. Ho’s book Romancing Human Rights: Gender, Intimacy, and Power Between Burma and the West (2015) is published by University of Hawai’i Press.
Ho has been a resident fellow at the UCR Center for Ideas and Society (2009, 2014) and UCHRI (Fall 2009), and has participated in various interdisciplinary workshops, such as the Thinking Transnational Feminisms Summer Institute (2014), hosted by Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies at The Ohio State University; the Teaching and Learning Workshop for Pre-Tenure Asian & Asian American Religion and Theology Faculty, hosted by the Wabash Center (2011-12); and the Spelman-NWSA Women of Color Institute (2009).
Selected Awards & Grants
- 2013 & 2008: Charles Weis Service Award (for outstanding contributions to the LGBT campus community), Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of LGBTs, UCR.
- 2008: Asian Pacific Student Programs Outstanding Faculty Award, UCR.
- 2005-2006: Youth Empowerment Project (YEA!). Public Engagement Grant, Office of the President, University of Iowa. Adrienne Hurley, PI.
- Romancing Human Rights: Gender, Intimacy, and Power Between Burma and the West . Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press, 2015.
- “Border Crossing: Feminist Sinologies through a Southeast Asian Lens,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 40.3 (Spring 2015): 695-719.
- “Burmese American Literature, in The Routledge Companion to Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature. Rachel C. Lee, ed. New York: Routledge, 2014: 244-256.
- “Larissa Lai’s ‘New Cultural Politics of Intimacy’: Animal. Asian. Cyborg." Periscope (forum on “Speculative Life”) Jayna Brown and Alexis Lothian, eds. Jan 2012.
- “Representing Burma: Narrative Displacement and Gender” PMLA 126.3 (May 2011): 662-671.
- “Transgender, Transgression, and Translation: A Cartography of Nat-Kadaws (Notes on Gender and Sexuality within the Spirit-Cult of Burma).” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture (Special Issue: “Translation and Embodiment in National and Transnational Asian Film and Media.” Bliss Cua Lim, ed.) 31.3 (2010): 273-317.
- “The Legend of Lady Hill” (film review). Visual Anthropology 23.3 (May/June 2010): 254-57.
- “Women of the Temple: Burmese Immigrants, Gender, and Buddhism in a U.S. Frame.” In Emerging Voices: Experiences of Underrepresented Asian Americans. Huping Ling, ed. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2008: 183-198.
- "Helen Chávez.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005. 314-316.
- "The Coffin Tree by Wendy Law-Yone." In A Resource Guide To Asian American Literature. Sau-Ling Cynthia Wong and Stephen H. Sumida, eds. (2001): 108-120.
- With Nancy Yoo. "Wendy Law-Yone." (interview) In Word Matters: Conversations with Asian American Authors, King-Kok Cheung, ed. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press in association with UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2000:283-302.