Dr Karen Ho

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301 19th Ave S

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, Princeton University.
  • M.A. : Education, Stanford University.


  • cultural studies of finance capital
  • finance, globalization, and capitalism
  • comparative race and ethnicity
  • feminist studies
  • political economy
  • ethnography
  • United States
Courses Taught
  • Anth 1003W - Understanding Cultures
  • Anth 1905 - Freshman Seminar: Race and the Making of Humans
  • Anth 4047 - Anthropology of American Culture
  • Anth 8810 - Anthropology of Capitalism
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Director, The RIGS Initiative, UMN:
  • Introduction: What Happened to Social Facts?: Ho, Karen, Jillian Cavanaugh, American Anthropologist, 121 160-167, 2019. Link
  • Ho, Karen Z (2018). Markets, Myths, and Misrecognitions: Economic Populism in the Age of Financialization and Hyperinequality. Economic Anthropology, 5, Link
  • Finance, Crisis, and Hollywood: Critique and Recuperation of Wall Street in Films about the Great Recession: Ho, Karen, Routledge, Finance and the Moving Image, 89-104, 2017.
  • 2015. “The Anthropology of Finance.” The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition. Boyer, Dominic, and Ulf Hannerz, eds.
  • 2015. Co-authored (with Bear, Yanagisako, and Tsing). “Gens: A Feminist Manifesto for the Study of Capitalism.” Fieldsights - Theorizing the Contemporary Series, Cultural Anthropology Online, March 30, 2015, http://www.culanth.org/fieldsights/650-generating-capitalism.
  • 2015. “Supermanagers, Inequality, and Finance.” Forum on Piketty. Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 5(1): 481-488.
  • 2014. “Corporate Nostalgia: Managerial Capitalism from a Contemporary Perspective.” In Urban, Greg, ed. Corporations and Citizenship. (Part of the Penn Press Series on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism). University of Pennsylvania Press, pp. 267-88.
  • 2014. “Commentary on Andrew Orta’s ‘Managing the Margins’: The Anthropology of Transnational Capitalism, Neoliberalism, and Risk.” American Ethnologist, Vol.41, No.1, pp.31-37.
  • 2012. “‘Studying Up’ Wall Street: Reflections on Theory and Methodology.” In Researching Amongst Elites: Challenges and Opportunities in Studying Up. Aguiar, Luis, and Christopher Schneider, eds. London: Ashgate Press, pp.42-69.
  • 2012. “Finance and Morality.” A Companion to Moral Anthropology. Fassin, Didier, ed. Blackwell Publishers, pp.413-432.
  • 2010. “Outsmarting Risk: From Bonuses to Bailouts.” Anthropology Now. Paradigm Publishers. Vol. 2, No. 1: 1-9.
  • 2010. “Finance.“ Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology, 2nd Ed. Barnard, Alan, and Jonathan Spencer, eds. Routledge.
  • 2009. “Disciplining Investment Bankers, Disciplining the Economy: Wall Street’s Institutional Culture of Crisis and the Downsizing of American Corporations.“ American Anthropologist, Vol. 111, No. 2.
  • 2009. Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street. Duke University Press.
  • 2005. Situating Global Capitalisms: A View from Wall Street Investment Banks. Cultural Anthropology 20(1): 68-96.
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota
  • Graduate-Professional Teaching Award, University of Minnesota