Participant Info

First Name
Denise Y.
Last Name
Yale University
Website URL
modern China, contemporary China, Hong Kong, cultural history, urban history
Additional Contact Information
Will be on academic leave 2017-2018

Personal Info

About Me

Denise Y. Ho is assistant professor of twentieth-century Chinese history at Yale University. She is an historian of modern China, with a particular focus on the social and cultural history of the Mao period (1949-1976). She is also interested in urban history, the study of information and propaganda, and the history of memory. Ho teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on modern and contemporary China, the history of Shanghai, the uses of the past in modern China, and the historiography of the Republican era and the P.R.C.

She is the author of Curating Revolution: Politics on Display of Mao’s China (2018).  Using a wide variety of primary sources, including Shanghai’s municipal and district archives and oral history, Curating Revolution depicts displays of revolution and history, politics and class, and art and science. Analyzing China’s “socialist museums” and “new exhibitions,” Ho demonstrates how Mao-era exhibitionary culture both reflected and made revolution.

Recent Publications

She is the author of Curating Revolution: Politics on Display of Mao’s China (2018).  Professor Ho’s articles and reviews appear in The China QuarterlyChina Review InternationalFrontiers of History in ChinaHistory CompassJournal of Asian StudiesModern China, and The P.R.C. History ReviewBook chapters are included in Red Legacies in China: Cultural Afterlives of the Communist Revolution (2016) and in The Oxford Handbook of History and Material Culture (forthcoming). In addition to her scholarly research, Ho has been a commentator on contemporary China for The Atlantic, The China Beat, China File, China Policy Institute, Dissent Magazine, Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Nation, and Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, among others.         

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
7, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Local & Regional, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration, Museums, Politics, Public History, Rebellion & Revolution, Urban History