Xiaohong Hou received an undergraduate degree in Chinese language and literature from Henan University in 2001. She completed an M.A. degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) from Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China in 2004, and a second M.A. in Foreign Language Education from New York University in 2014. Before coming to NYU in 2011, she taught at Beijing Normal University, Central University of Finance and Economics in China (where she was the coordinator of Mandarin Program), Middlebury College, and the University of Vermont. She currently teaches courses in Chinese language.