Tamara C. Ho received her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of Comparative Literature. She is an Assistant Professor in the Women’s Studies Department and affiliated faculty in the Southeast Asian studies program (SEATRiP) and LGBIT Studies at UC Riverside. Her teaching focuses on intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, Anglophone postcolonial literature, transnational migration/displacement, and social change. Dr. Ho’s book project, “Romancing Human Rights: Gender, Intimacy, and Power between Burma and the West,” analyzes human rights and transnational ethical engagement from a Southeast Asian feminist perspective. She has published on transnational writer Wendy Law-Yone and Burmese immigrants, gender, and Buddhism in the United States. Her recent work on contemporary representations of Burmese spirit mediums is forthcoming in Visual Anthropology (late 2009) and Discourse (Spring 2010). At UCHRI, she is exploring shape-shifting and polymorphous human-alien intimacies in science fiction/speculative fiction by women of color.