Jo Hsu

Jo Hsu

Assistant Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-4301

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Jo Hsu (They/Them) is an assistant professor of English and affiliate faculty in Gender Studies. Their research and teaching examine how narratives affect struggles over national and communal belonging. Their current book project explores how communal storytelling by trans and queer Asian Americans cultivates solidarity and (re)negotiates conditions of U.S. citizenry. Jo’s writing can be found in Women’s Studies in Communication, College Composition and Communication, Enculturation, Rhetoric Review, Color Bloq, and other venues. They also serve as managing editor of constellations: a cultural rhetorics publishing space. A queer nonbinary disabled Taiwanese American, they are accountable for the migratory forces, histories of conflict, and legacies of resistance from which their own journey emerges. They are indebted to and guided by trans, crip, and queer of color scholars and activists who have enabled their survival. Throughout their work, they strive to further the forms of mutual care and collaborative worldbuilding that they have learned from these mentors and kin. 

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 


A Heritage of Struggle: Storytelling as Collective Action in Trans and Queer Asian American Rhetorics. Under Advanced Contract.


Peer-Reviewed Articles                                                                         

with Sophia Maier, Christina Cedillo, and Melanie Yergeau. “GET THE FRAC IN! Or, The Fractal Many-festo: A (Trans)(Crip)t.” Peitho. Forthcoming Summer 2020. [Invited Submission]

with Patterson, GPat. “What They Wore: Academic Professionalism and Disciplining Trans Bodies.” The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics. In Press. Forthcoming Fall 2019.

“(Trans)posing #MeToo: Towards a Transformative Response to Gender Violence.” Women’s Studies in Communication. 42.3. (July 2019): 269-286. 

“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