Zhipeng Gao

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150 C Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus

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Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


Ph.D. - 2018
York University
Toronto, Canada


This website was last updated in 2019, when I joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University as a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow. 

Please visit my new website at https://sites.google.com/view/zhipenggao

My new email address is: zgao.phd <at> gmail.com


I received Ph.D. (2018) from the Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology program at York University, Toronto, Canada. I have published in three areas: sociocultural psychology, history of psychology, and theoretical psychology. As a sociocultural psychologist, I research on identity, stereotype, and intergroup relations both inside China and in China's interaction with the Western world. I also examine the construction and reception of moral ideals and social deviance. As a historian of psychology, I study psychology's involvement in China's communist revolution and the Cold War. On the theoretical side, I work on the use of qualitative strategies to equip experimental design with greater cross-cultural sensitivity. My research projects have a shared commitment to social justice and cultural diversity. My select publications can be found in Social AnthropologyHistory of PsychologyHistory of ScienceJournal of Cross-Cultural GerontologyNarrative Inquiry, and Chinese Sociological Dialogue.



Selected Publications

Gao, Z. (In press). Forging Marxist psychology in China’s Cold War geopolitics, 1949-1965. In H. Y. Wu (Ed.) Special issue “History of psychology and psychiatry in the global world”. History of Psychology.

Bischoping, K. & Gao, Z. (Conditionally accepted). “Learn from Lei Feng!”: Generations and practices of remembering a Chinese communist hero.In F. Macgilchrist & R. Richtera (Eds.) Special issue “The politics and practices of memory media in history education”. Historical Encounters.

Gao, Z. (2019). Psychology. In H. Chiang. (Ed.)The Making of the Human Sciences in China: Historical and Conceptual Foundations (pp. 283-302). Leiden: Brill.

Gao, Z. & Bischoping, K. (2018). The Communist hero and the April Fool’s joke: A case study in the cultural politics of authenticity and fakery. In M. Krings, C. Kilian & J. Beek (Eds.) Special issue “An anthropology of defrauding and faking”. Social Anthropology. Early View: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1469-8676.12593

Gao, Z. & Bischoping, K. (2018). The emergence of an elder-blaming discourse in 21st-century China. In L. L. Thang & W-J. J. Yeung (Eds.) Special issue “Elder-care issues in Southeast and East Asia”.Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 33(2), 197-215.

Bischoping, K. & Gao, Z. (2018). Reframing generations scholarship through the eyes of everyday Chinese.Chinese Sociological Dialogue, 3(2), 133-147.

Bischoping, K. & Gao, Z. (2017). Story sequencing and stereotyping: A case study from talk about the crowded buses of ChinaNarrative Inquiry, 27(1), 85-108.

Yan S-C. & Gao, Z. (2017). 信札中的微观历史:黄翼形重错觉研究报告的曲折境遇 [A microhistory in letters: What happened to I. Huang’s research reports on the size-weight illusion?]心理学报 [Acta Psychologica Sinica], 49(4), 554-568.

Gao, Z. (2015). Pavlovianism in China: Politics and differentiation across scientific disciplines in the Maoist era. In H. Chiang (Ed.), Special issue “Ordering the social: History of the human sciences in modern China”. History of Science, 53 (1), 57-85.




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Current Research

Sociocultural Psychology

History of Psychology/Education

Chinese Psychology

Qualitative Research Methods

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CV of Zhipeng Gao