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Joseph Ho

Doctoral Candidate in History

1029 Tisch Hall, Ann Arbor MI, 48109-1003
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Graduate Student Research Fellow, Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan
  • Fields of Study
    • 20th C United States, modern China
    • cultural history, global and transnational history, history of photography, visual culture, modern Christianity, missions
  • About

    I am interested in 20th century United States history and East Asian history, with particular emphases on cultural history, global history, and visual culture (the history and technologies of photography). I am currently investigating American Protestant and Catholic missionary enterprises in China between 1890 and 1950, viewing vernacular photographs and films in conversation with private documents, institutional records, and oral histories. The goal of my research is to investigate the role of photographic visuality in Christian missions and modernizing projects, as well as the place of image-making in the experiences of missionaries "on the ground." A significant part of this work also focuses on the circulation of images across time and space, visual materials contextualized by transnational cultural and religious meaning-making.


    “‘In Our Image:’ Visual Perception and American Protestant Missions in Interwar China,” UCLA Historical Journal, Volume 23 (1), 2012.

    “Images of Nation: Western Photographers in Wartime China,” Wittenberg University East Asian Studies Journal, Volume 39, 2009.

  • Education
    • BA, History, University of California San Diego, 2009
    • MA, History, University of Michigan, 2012
  • Awards
    • Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, 2013
  • Grants
    • Rackham Humanities Candidacy Fellowship
    • Rackham Centennial Fellowship
  • Presentations
    • “‘In Memoriam:’ Photography and Disrupted American Missionary Projects in China.” Broken Images: A symposium on early American photography of the Asia Pacific, 1850-1950, July 2014, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
    • “Modern China through Missionary Lenses: Using Visual Materials in the Study of 20th Century Sino-American Encounters,” December 2013 at Fudan University, Shanghai, China