Gail Hershatter

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Gail Hershatter is an American historian of Modern China who holds the Distinguished Professor of History chair at the University of California, Santa Cruz.[1] She previously taught in the history department at Williams College.[2]

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[3] and subsequently elected president the following year.[4] She was an assistant director for the documentary The Gate of Heavenly Peace.[5]

Her research interests include modern Chinese women's history and labor studies.[6] 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.[7]




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