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Dr Hao Gao

Lecturer in Imperial and Global History

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Born and raised in China, I have been trained as a historian in both British and Chinese academia. I studied in Peking University before I came to the UK in 2009. I completed my PhD in University of Edinburgh in 2013. I was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in University of Sussex and then in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh. I joined the University of Exeter in 2015.

I am interested in the encounters between the British and Chinese empires in early processes of global interconnectedness, especially the mutual understandings and misunderstandings between Britain and China from the late eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century.

I have published peer-reviewed articles in both English and Chinese journals.

External impact and engagement

I was a special correspondent on Scottish independence referendum for Hong Kong Economic Journal (Xinbao Caijing Xinwen), one of Hong Kong's leading newspapers.

Contribution to discipline

I directed and contributed to an online project on the history of Sino-British cultural exchange for the Academy of Chinese Studies, Hong Kong.

I was invited to advise on Gale's database 'China from Empire to Republic' and have published an introductory essay online.

Media

With a keen interest in East-West communication, I have experience promoting mutual understandings between China and the West, especially via sports:

I was a press supervisor of the Main Press Centre (MPC), Beijing Olympic Games 2008.

I started China's first column in which western culture and English language are introduced and taught via sports.  

I acted as an interpreter and programme facilitator for several world-class athletes (mainly NBA basketball players, e.g. Shaquille O'Neal) when they visited China.

 

Biography

Born and raised in China, I have been trained as a historian in both British and Chinese academia. I studied in Peking University before I came to the UK in 2009. I completed my PhD in University of Edinburgh in 2013. I was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in University of Sussex and then in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), University of Edinburgh. I joined the University of Exeter in 2015.