Jo received her B.A. in English Literature at Queen's University and M.A. in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University in Toronto.

She was the recipient of the SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship in 2013 for her Master's research on a 1955 exhibition of photography organized by Ansel Adams and Nancy Newhall for the Sierra Club. She was also the 2014 recipient of the Power Corporation of Canada grant for Curatorial Opportunities at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal where she was involved in organizing the Andrew W. Mellon Research Program on architecture and photography.

Jo has worked in collections management for the Department of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas and the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York. She has contributed collection features to Graphics Atlas, an online resource produced by the Image Permanence Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology. 

Her research interests are broad and include contemporary performance practice, dance pedagogy, history of photobooks, and the market for photography in Canada.