Jo Hsu

Jo Hsu

Assistant Professor

Associate Director of Rhetoric and Composition

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-4801

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Jo Hsu (They/Them) is an assistant professor of English, affiliate faculty in Gender Studies, and the Associate Director of the Program in Rhetoric and Composition. Their research and teaching focus on the interrelations among identity, narrative writing, and struggles for social change. With an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in rhetoric and composition, Jo writes with an interdisciplinary lens reflective of their educational journey. Their essays span a range of disciplines and genres from Rhetoric Review and College Composition and Communication to Efniks and Kartika Review, among others. Their current project examines storytelling among trans and queer Asian Americans—specifically, how these narratives cultivate solidarity, (re)negotiate communal histories, and enable social action. They are particularly interested in exploring how collaborative storytelling scaffolds community-driven education, and how these grassroots pedagogies broaden our coalitional possibilities.

Cultural rhetorics

Feminist histories and theories 

Queer of color critique

Queer temporalities

Trans theory and politics

Asian American history and culture

Narrative studies

Storying Social Change ENGL 5973/6973

Feminist Rhetorics ENGL 4903/4593/5973

Storying Social Change ENGL 3603/4903/4593

Article Writing Workshop ENGL 5243

Composition Pedagogy ENGL 5003

Ph.D. - Penn State University

M.F.A. - Penn State University

B.A. - Rice University

 Rhetoric and Composition                                                                        

“(Trans)posing #MeToo: Towards a Transformative Response to Gender Violence.” Women’s Studies in Communication. Forthcoming June-July 2019. [Invited Submission]

“Reflection as Relationality: Teaching Alternative Rhetorics” College Composition and Communication. 70.2 (December 2018): 142-168.

“Afterword: Disciplinary (Trans)formations: Queering and Trans-ing Asian American Rhetorics.” Enculturation. December 2018. [Invited Submission]

“A Single Life Reinvented: Personal Writing as the Negotiation of Identity in Richard Rodriguez’s Autobiographical Trilogy.” Rhetoric Review 35.4 (September 2016): 361-373.



"Strong Woman." Breakwater Review 8.1 (February 2013). Online.

"Strength in Numbers." Consequence Magazine 4.1 (Spring 2012): 175-187.

"The Simplicity of Salt." Bluestem 4.1 (September 2011). Online.

"Flashpoint." Tinge Magazine 1.1 (2011). Online.



“Chinese Roots, Queer Kinships, and the Writing That Bends Toward Home.” Efniks. (December 2018).

"The Story of Us." Kartika Review 14.1 (November 2012): 67-81. [Pushcart Prize Nominee]


Book Reviews

"Quarantine." Fiction Writers Review (2011). Online.

"Approaching Ice." Pleiades 31.2 (2011): 230-33.

"Book Review: Ken Harvey. A Passionate Engagement." Green Mountains Review 24.1 (2011): 220-21.

"Dzanc Duo: Aaron Burch and Matt Bell." Fiction Writers Review (2011). Online.

"Three Lesbian Poetry Chap Books Considered." Lambda Literary Review (2011). Online.

Summer Research Stipend, University of Arkansas, Summer 2019

Seed Funding for Arts and Humanities Projects (Research Associate), University of Arkansas, 2018-2019

Predoctoral Fellow, Center for Humanities and Information, Penn State University, 2015-2016

Grand Prize, Center for American Literary Studies, Centre County Reads Writing Contest, 2015

Nomination, The Pushcart Prize, for “The Story of Us,” 2012

Jacob K. Javits Fellow, United States Department of Education, 2010-2015

Short Fiction Honorable Mention, Center for American Literary Studies, Centre County Reads Writing Contest, 2011

Trustee Distinguished Scholarship, Rice University, 2006-2010

Earl Elliot Humanities Scholarship, Rice University, 2008

Century Scholar, Rice University, 2006-2008

Dunlevie Writing Fellow, Rice University, 2007

Apple Scholar, Apple, Inc., 2007