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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

Fall 2022 Office Hours: 12:30-1:30 pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays and by appointment, please email me.

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, 2018

M.A., History, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2013

B.A., History, Nankai University, China, 2008

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.

HIST 3470: Intro East Asia: Since 1800 (Fall 2020, Fall 2021)

HIST 4421/5421: Modern China (Spring 2021)

HIST 4420/5420: Traditional China (Spring 2022)

HIST 6931: Global Labor (Spring 2021)

INTS 2020: Foundations of International Studies (Fall 2021)

“Making a Coastal Revolution: Farmers, Fishers, and Socialism, 1946-1959,” forthcoming, Twentieth-Century China.

“Seaweed Modernity and Maritime Manchuria,” Association for Asian Studies 2022 Annual Conference, Honolulu, March 24-27, 2022.

“Roundtable: Legal Coasts,” Coastal Connections Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Study University of London, December 2, 2021.

“Agriculture in the Sea: Seaweed Cultivation in Twentieth-Century Manchuria,” Asia Center Seminar Series, Harvard University, April 26, 2019.

“Contested Coasts: Aquaculture and Rural Industrialization in Socialist China, 1958-78,” Association for Asian Studies 2019 Annual Conference, Denver, March 21-24, 2019.

“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?] 近代中国妇 女史研究 [Research on Women in Modern Chinese History], 26, (December), 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], 历史档案 [Historical Archives] (Beijing: The First Historical Archives of China, Vol. 115, 2009), 97-103.