Phoebe Ho

Faculty Advisors: 

Hyunjoon Park (co-chair), Grace Kao (co-chair, Yale University), Annette Lareau

Research Interests: 

Race/ ethnicity, immigration, sociology of education, sociology of family, social stratification, children and youth


Phoebe Ho is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research primarily focuses on families and their experiences with education and schooling in the U.S., with a particular focus on the experiences of racial and ethnic minority and immigrant families. She has published in The Sociological Quarterly and Social Science Research, among other venues. Phoebe's dissertation, which has been awarded an AERA Dissertation Grant, compares multigenerational processes of educational reproduction and mobility among immigrant and native families in the U.S. She was previously an Institute of Education Sciences Fellow at Penn’s Graduate School of Education (2013-15). In addition to an MA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, Phoebe holds an MA in Education from Stanford University and a BA (summa cum laude) in History and Chinese from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Journal Articles

  • 2018 Ho, Phoebe and Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng. "How Far Can the Apple Fall? Differences in Teacher Perceptions of Minority and Immigrant Parents and their Impact on Academic Outcomes." Social Science Research 74:132-145.*

* - Featured in Education Week

  • 2018 Cherng, Hua-Yu Sebastian and Phoebe Ho. 2018. "In Thoughts, Words, and Deeds: Are Social Class Differences in Parental Support Similar across Immigrant and Native Families?" The Sociological Quarterly 59(1):85-110.

Book Chapters and Other Publications

  • Forth. Ho, Phoebe and Grace Kao. "Educational Achievement and Attainment Differences among Minorities and Immigrants." Edited by Barbara Schneider. Handbook of the Sociology of Education in the 21st Century.
  • 2014 Ho, Phoebe and Grace Kao. 2014. "Helicopter Parents." Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Mary Yu Danico. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • 2014 Ho, Phoebe and Grace Kao. 2014. "Online Dating." Asian American Society: An Encyclopedia. Edited by Mary Yu Danico. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


  • ASAM 001/SOCI 103: Asian Americans in Contemporary Society (University of Pennsylvania - Fall 2016 Instructor of Record)


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