Prof Ho has been the Muhammad Alagil Distinguished Professor in Arabia Asia Studies within the Metacluster: Historical Sociology of Asian Connections cluster since June 2014. He received his PhD and MA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.
He is currently Professor of Anthropology and Professor of History at Duke University in the U.S. Previously, he was Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University and Senior Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. He is a specialist on Arab/Muslim diasporas across the Indian Ocean, and their relations with western empires, past and present.
He has been involved in Inter-Asia collaborations among the Social Science Research Council, NUS, Hong Kong University, Gottingen University and others since 2008, including the SSRC Inter-Asia postdoctoral fellowships programme. His writings include The Graves of Tarim, Genealogy and Mobility across the Indian Ocean, and Empire through Diasporic Eyes: A View from the Other Boat.