Xiaofei Gao

Professor Xiaofei Gao
Assistant Professor


Mailing address:
CU Denver History Department
Campus Box 182
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
1201 Larimer Street
Room 3102
Denver, CO 80204

Spring 2024 Office Hours: Not teaching this semester, please email me for an appointment.

Expertise Areas
Modern China and East Asia, social history, labor history, gender and sexuality, environmental history, global history

Ph.D., History, University of California, Santa Cruz

M.A., History, University of California, Santa Cruz

B.A., History, Nankai University, China

Xiaofei Gao is a historian of modern China with research interests in social and labor history, gender and sexuality, environmental history, and transnational and global history. She is currently working on a book manuscript that studies fisheries and the social revolution in twentieth-century China. Before joining CU Denver in 2020, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Asia Center at Harvard University and faculty at Mount Holyoke College.

Professor Gao has been awarded a Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowship in China Studies and is on research leave in 2023-2024.

HIST 3470: Intro East Asia: Since 1800 

HIST 4421/5421: Modern China

HIST 4420/5420: Traditional China 

HIST 6931: Global Labor 

INTS 2020: Foundations of International Studies 

“Making a Coastal Revolution: Farmers, Fishers, and Socialism, 1946–1959.” Twentieth-Century China 48, no. 1 (2023): 3-22. doi:10.1353/tcc.2023.0001.

"Seaweed modernity: Empire, state, and the Sino-Japanese relations" Coastal Studies & Society, 2023, 2(3), 295-310 https://doi.org/10.1177/26349817231189969

“Yellow Sea Studies: Toward a cross-cultural and transboundary approach,” Co-authored with Young Rae Choi and Ronald C. Po, Coastal Studies & Society, 2023, 2(3), 263-273. https://doi.org/10.1177/26349817231191307

“Life and Death in the Fisheries of Northeastern China, 1905-1907,” in Still Facing East: International Scholars on Japanese Culture (Kraków: Wydawnictwo Nowa Strona, 2016), 21-31.

Chinese translation of Gail Hershatter, “中国农村妇女经历过革命吗?今天还剩下什么?” [Did Rural Chinese Women Have a Revolution? If So, What Remains?] 近代中国 女史研究 [Research on Women in Modern Chinese History], 26, (December 2015), 193-210.

Co-authored with Li Shaobing, “从“施善教化”到“教育救济”——20世纪上半叶京津善堂善 举的转型”[From Moral Instruction to Educational Relief: Transformation of Charitable Institutions in the Cities of Beijing and Tianjin in the Early Twentieth Century], 史档案 [Historical Archives] (Beijing: The First Historical Archives of China, Vol. 115, 2009), 97-103.