Phoebe Ho

Phoebe Ho is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Korean Millennials Research Lab, housed in the Population Studies Center 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 emphasis on race/ethnicity, immigrant status, and social class. She is currently working on a book that takes a sociodemographic approach to examining diversity in the transition to adulthood among racial and ethnic minority and immigrant young adults. Her research appears in the The Sociological Quarterly, Social Science Research, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, and Journal of Marriage and Family, among other venues. Her dissertation, which was 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). She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 and 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.


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, 2019
M.A., International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis, Stanford University, 2009
B.A., History and Chinese, UCLA, 2006

Selected Publications
  • 2019    Ho, Phoebe and Hyunjoon Park. “Race/Ethnicity and Young Adults’ Trajectories of Residential Independence: Heterogeneity among Asian Americans.” Journal of Marriage and Family 81(3):696-712.
  • 2019    Ho, Phoebe, Hyunjoon Park, and Grace Kao. “Racial and Ethnic Differences in Student Participation in Private Supplementary Education Activities.” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 59:46-59.
  • 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

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