Gail Hershatter is an American historian of Modern China who holds the Distinguished Professor of History chair at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She previously taught in the history department at  Williams College. 
She graduated from
Hampshire College with a B.A., from Stanford University with a M.A., and from Stanford University with a Ph.D. She was elected vice-president of the Association for Asian Studies in 2010 and subsequently elected president the following year.  She was an assistant director for the documentary  The Gate of Heavenly Peace. 
Her research interests include modern Chinese women's history and labor studies.
Her 2011 monograph,  The Gender of Memory, uses the lens of rural women in Shaanxi Province, China, to examine revolutionary China in the 1950s and 1960s. 
, University of California Press, 2011, The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China's Collective Past ISBN 9780520267701
, Stanford University Press, 1986, The Workers of Tianjin, 1900-1949 ISBN 978-0-8047-2216-2
, University of California Press, 1997, Dangerous Pleasures: Prostitution and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Shanghai ISBN 978-0-520-20438-6
, University of California Press, 2007, Women in China's long twentieth century ISBN 978-0-520-09856-5
, Authors Emily Honig, Gail Hershatter, Stanford University Press, 1988, Personal voices: Chinese women in the 1980's ISBN 978-0-8047-1431-0
, Editor Gail Hershatter, Stanford University Press, 1996, Remapping China: fissures in historical terrain ISBN 978-0-8047-2509-5
Guide to Women's Studies in China, editor Gail Hershatter, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies, 1998, ISBN 9781557290632
, Editor Christina K. Gilmartin, Harvard University Press, 1994, Engendering China: Women, Culture, and the State ISBN 978-0-674-25332-2.
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