Faculty by Research Specialization

The Department of History at UC Santa Cruz is known for its innovative research and exemplary scholarship. Our faculty work at the cutting edge of their respective fields, covering a wide variety of geographic, temporal, and thematic fields of study. The areas of specialization listed here are by no means an exhaustive list of our scholastic interests. Rather, they highlight the diverse and often overlapping ideas and approaches we explore within our teaching and research.

Gail Hershatter
  • Title
    • Distinguished Professor of History
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations East Asian Studies, Feminist Studies Department
  • Phone
    831-459-4041 (office)
  • Email
  • Fax
    831-423-4780
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 533
  • Office Hours Fall 2020: Wednesday 1:45-3:15pm and by appointment; email in advance to set up Zoom meeting during office hours
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Asian Studies, China, Communism, Cultural Studies, Pacific Rim, Gender Studies, Oral History, History, Labor and Social Movements, Sexuality
  • Courses HIS 140C, Revolutionary China 1895–1960; HIS 140D, Recent Chinese History; HIS 140E, Women in China's Long Twentieth Century; HIS 194G, China Since the Cultural Revolution: Histories of the Present; HIS 194H, Gender, Family, and State in China: 1600–Present; HIS 230B, Engendering China; HIS 238A, Research Methods: China; HIS 238B, Research Methods: China; HIS 230C, Readings in Modern Chinese History

Summary of Expertise

history of modern China
labor history, China
gender and sexuality, China

Research Interests

Modern Chinese social and cultural history, labor history, women's history, history of sexuality, feminist theory; history, oral narratives, and memory

Biography, Education and Training

B.A. Hampshire College
M.A. Stanford University
Ph.D. Stanford University

Honors, Awards and Grants

2012-13 Faculty Research Lecturer
2011-12 President, Association for Asian Studies (currently Past Past President)
2008 Distinguished Professor of History
2007 Guggenheim Fellowship award recipient
2007 Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Fellowship, Stanford University
2003 John Dizikes Teaching Award
1997 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women's History, American Historical Association

Selected Publications