Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
20th Century China, East Asia, Gender Studies
Professor Gilmartin is a specialist in Modern Chinese history, with a concentration in Gender in Modern China. She is currently the Director of the Asian Studies Program at Northeastern.
In addition to her posts at Northeastern, she is also affiliated with the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and is an Associate in Research at the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University. Her books include Engendering the Chinese Revolution: Radical Women, Communist Politics and Mass Movements in the 1920s (1995) and a co-edited anthology, Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology: An Interdisciplinary Reader (1999). Dr. Gilmartin has also published several articles and book reviews in journals such as Modern China and the Journal of Asian Studies. She is also an editor for Twentieth Century China.
Professor Gilmartin currently has two research projects underway: the first one is a study of the dynamics of locality in a Sichuan market township in wartime China; and the second examines the state’s efforts to modernize marriage in the twentieth century. She teaches courses on Modern China, Gender in Chinese History, Third-World Women, and the role of gender in European colonialism.
Coordinator, Gender Studies Workshop of Fairbank Center, Harvard University