Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Creative Writing, Pepperdine University
Master of Professional Writing (MPW) in Creative Nonfiction, University of Southern California (USC)


Jessica Ngo is a memoirist. She writes about food, twinship, intercultural and interracial relationships, and motherhood. Her writing has appeared in Epicurious, TASTE, The Counter, Cuisine Noir, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Harvard Review Online, and elsewhere. She has been a Writer in Residence for PEN America's Pen in the Classroom program and was a 2022-2023 James Beard Foundation Legacy Network Advisee.

She has been teaching at Otis since Fall 2009.


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  • Teaching Excellence Award: 2017
  • Otis Faculty Development Grants: Spring 2018, Spring 2019, & Spring 2023
  • Otis Assessment, Research, and Scholarship (OARS) Grants: Fall 2015 & Fall 2017