Professor Cho holds a doctorate in Chinese and (Korean) Comparative Literature from Washington University in St Louis as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in Chinese Language and Literature from Seoul National University in Korea.
Her academic interests encompass three distinct but interrelated areas: 1) Chinese and Korean comparative literature and cultural exchange, 2) women and gender in history, folk religion, and literature, and 3) the history of premodern Korean literature. Cho has written many articles and translations on Korean and Chinese literature, and is the author of two forthcoming books: Transforming Gender and Emotion: The Butterfly Lovers Story in China and Korea (University of Michigan Press, 2017) and The Tale of Cho Ung: A Classic of Vengeance, Loyalty, and Romance (Columbia University Press, 2018). Her current work explores the cross-pollination of cultures during the wars and trading of the 16 th and 17 th centuries between Korea, China, and Japan as well as the more distant exchange between East Asia and the West, particularly the Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese. She is also translating a collection of seventeenth century classical fiction, Sindokchae sut'aekpon chon'gijip (Haksong Chong’s collated edition, 2000) by Kim Chip (1574–1656).
Cho has earned grants and awards from many prestigious institutions including The Association for Asian Studies, The Korean Ministry of Education, The Academy of Korean Studies, The Literature Translation Institute of Korea, and ASU's Institute of Humanities Research (IHR) and Center for Asian Research (CAR).
Cho' s teaching focuses broadly on Korean and Chinese literature and culture and on East Asian literature as examined through the lenses of comparative and world literature, gender and religious studies, cross-culturalism, and transnationalism. In recent years she has taught a variety of courses including Love Stories in East Asia, Gender and Emotion in East Asian Literature, Premodern Korea in a Global Context, Sino-Korean Texts, Korean Literature in Translation, and Korean Culture and Society.