Zhipeng Gao


I received MA (2013) and 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 Anthropology, History of Psychology, History of Science, Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, Narrative Inquiry, and Chinese Sociological Dialogue.

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology

Locations / Contact Info:                                Email address: zhipengg@yorku.ca

Behavioural Science Building                            Websites:
4700 Keele Street                                                    GoogleScholar
Toronto, On., Canada                                            Researchgate
M3J1P3                                                                        Academia.edu
Phone: 647-7033714


PhD - 2018
York University

Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies - 2018
York University

MA - 2013
York University

BSc - 2010
Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Tianjin, China

Select 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.

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

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. & 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 China. Narrative 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.



Katherine Bischoping, York University
Thomas Teo, York University
Shuchang Yan, Hebei Normal University


Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV - Gao, Z. York University