Zhipeng Gao, Ph.D.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

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Research interests

I am a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University, after receiving Ph.D. in psychology from York University in 2018. My current research project investigates how Chinese immigrants in Canada negotiate their hybrid identity and sociocultural beliefs amid the recent Canada-China tension. This project builds on my previous research on Chinese identity and intergroup relations. My second specialty lies in the history of psychology in China's communist revolution in the 1950s. In addition, I study research methodology from Marxist and qualitative perspectives. My select publications can be found in Review of General Psychology, Social Anthropology, History of Psychology, History of Science, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, Narrative Inquiry, and Chinese Sociological Dialogue.

Academic employment

2019-present SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

2020 Lecturer, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

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


Ph.D. - 2018, Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada

Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies - 2018, York Centre for Asian Research, Toronto, Canada

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

Recent Publications

Gao, Z. (2019). From empirical observation to social intervention: The Marxization of psychology in China, 1949–1958. Review of General Psychology, online first.

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, 309-327.

Bischoping, K. & Gao, Z. (In press). “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, 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.

Courses Taught:

2020 Psychological Anthropology (under preparation)

2020 Contemporary China (under preparation)

2014/2018 History of Psychology

Select Awards:

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


Katherine Bischoping, York University

Thomas Teo, York University

Shuchang Yan, Hebei Normal University

Curriculum Vitae:

CV - Gao, Z. York University