Zed Zhipeng Gao


Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology, Health and Gender

The American University of Paris


About me

I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Health and Gender at the American University of Paris. I received my PhD in Historical, Theoretical and Critical Studies of Psychology at York University in 2018. Afterwards, I conducted postdoctoral research in Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University with independent funding from SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada).

My areas of expertise include social psychology, cultural psychology, theoretical psychology and the history of psychology. My populational/geographical focuses have been expanding from socialist China to Chinese immigrants and recently started incorporating other ethnic groups. At the empirical level, I study issues connected to identity and social relations, including racism, nationalism, gender, mental health and belonging. At the theoretical level, I situate my research within a) transnationalism - the contested social space between nations; and b) cultural politics - the mutual penetration of cultural beliefs and politics. At the disciplinary level, I examine ontological, epistemological and ethical issues underlying the discipline of psychology.

I have published 20 refereed essays in journals and edited volumes including Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Review of General Psychology, International Journal of Psychology, History of Psychology, Social Anthropology, and Narrative Inquiry. I am guest editing two special issues on Chinese psychology and the psychology of deglobalization for Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science (Springer) and Theory & Psychology (Sage). I hold an Outstanding Early Career Psychologist Award from the International Psychology Division of APA and a Young Scholar Award from Cheiron (International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences).

Academic employment

2021- Assistant Professor (contrat à dureé indéterminée/tenure), Department of Psychology, Health & Genderr, The American University of Paris, Paris

2019-2021 Postdoctoral Fellow (PI), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada & Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, British Colombia

2020-2021 Contract Lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology & Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, British Colombia

2021 Contract Lecturer, Department of Psycholoyg, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Colombia

2018 Contract Lecturer, Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto

Degrees

PhD: 2018, Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada

MA: 2013, Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada

Select Awards:

2020 Outstanding Early Career Psychologist Award (outside the US), International Psychology, American Psychological Association

2019 Young Scholar Award, Cheiron (International Society for the History of Behavioral & Social Sciences)

2019 Certificate of Academic Excellence, Canadian Psychological Association

2015 Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Council of Canadian Departments of Psychology

2015 Sigmund Koch Best Student Paper Award, Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, American Psychological Association

2013 Mary J. Wright Best Student Paper Award, History and Philosophy of Psychology Section, Canadian Psychological Association

2013 Sigmund Koch Best Student Paper Award, International Society for Theoretical Psychology

Select Grants

2019-2021 $90,000, Postdoctoral fellowship (PI), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

2015 $3750, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship, York University

Latest Publications

Gao, Z. (Ed. Forthcoming in 2022). Special Issue “Contemporary Innovations in Theory: Contributions from China and the Chinese Diaspora”, Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, Springer.

Gao, Z. (2021). Sinophobia during the Covid-19 pandemic: Identity, belonging, and international politics. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science.

Gao, Z. (2021). Unsettled belongings in deglobalization: Chinese immigrants’ struggle for political identity by using transnational media in the COVID-19 pandemic. In J. Pollock & D. Vakoch (Eds.) COVID-19 in International Media: Global Pandemic Perspectives (pp. 44-54). New York: Routledge.

Gao, Z. (2021). Political identities of Chinese international students: Patterns and change in transnational space. In E. Tartakovsky (Ed.) special issue “Innovations and New Discoveries in International Migration Psychology”, International Journal of Psychology.

Gao, Z. (2021). Unsettled belongings: Chinese immigrants’ mental health vulnerability as a symptom of international politics in the Covid-19 pandemic. In Z. Morrill, L. Hoffman & M. Yang (Eds.) Special issue “COVID-19 Part II”. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 61(2), 198-218.

Gao, Z. (2021). Mental health of Chinese in Canada. In H. Minas (Ed.) Mental Health in China and the Chinese Diaspora in Asia and the Pacific: Historical and Cultural Perspectives (pp. 211-223). New York: Springer.

Gao, Z. (2021). From student-centered pedagogy to student labor: Chinese education’s transnational entanglement with the Cold War. In M. Solovey & C. Daye (Eds.) Cold War Social and Behavioral Sciences: International and Transnational Entanglements (pp. 255-283). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gao, Z. (2021). Mental health and psychiatry during the Maoist era: 1949-1976. In H. Minas (Ed.) Mental Health in China and the Chinese Diaspora in Asia and the Pacific: Historical and Cultural Perspectives (pp. 41-55). New York: Springer.

Gao, Z. (2020). From empirical observation to social intervention: The Marxization of psychology in China, 1949–1958. In W. Pickren & T. Teo (Eds.) Special issue “Re-envisioning general psychology”. Review of General Psychology, 24(1), 43-59. (Recipient of the 2019 Young Scholar Award from Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral & Social Sciences)

Gao, Z. (2020). “Gems unwrought can form nothing useful”: Socialist China’s pedagogical erasure of individuality, 1949–1958. History of Education, 49(5), 661-681.

Bischoping, K. & Gao, Z. (2020). 'Learn from Lei Feng!': Education, social context, and generational memories of a Chinese Communist hero. In M. Tribukait & F. Macgilchrist (Eds.) Special issue “The politics of doing history education”. Historical Encounters: A journal of historical consciousness, historical cultures, and history education, 7(2), 10-25.

Gao, Z. (2019). 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, 22(4), 309-327.

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. (2019). 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, 27(3), 438-454.

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 China. Narrative Inquiry, 27(1), 85-108.

Contact

Email: zgao.phd <at> gmail.com