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About Gina Anne Tam

Gina grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. After she received her Bachelor's degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, she matriculated at Stanford in 2009, where she completed her Ph.D. in modern Chinese history. Her dissertation, entitled Sounding the Nation: Dialect and the Making of Modern China, explores the significance of local languages on Chinese ethnic and civic identity in the twentieth century. At Trinity, she teaches classes on East Asian history that speak to her interest in identity and culture. In addition to surveys on East Asian history and Chinese history, she also teaches classes on Race and Ethnicity in East Asia, Gender in China, and the Global History of Empire. In her spare time, she loves to cook, travel, and explore San Antonio's local cuisine.


Present Associate Professor, History, Trinity University Department of History

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 Conference Organizer, Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities
2016 Panel Organizer, Int'l Assn of Asian Stud Conf. Lang., Power & Identity in Asia: Creating & Crossing Lang. Boundaries
2014 - 2015 Student Representative, Graduate Student Admissions Committee
2015 Founder, Academic Publishing Writing Group
2015 Panel Organizer, “National Language, Dialect, and Identity in Twentieth-Century China.” Association of Asian Studies
2006 - 2013 Group Organizer, East Asia History Reading
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Honors and Awards

  • Women's Book Club Fellowship, 2006
  • Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship, 2006-2007
  • Woodenfish Humanistic Buddhism Monastic Life Program Fellowship, 2007
  • Fulbright IIE Research Grant, 2008-2009
  • Foreign Area Language Studies, 2010-2011
  • Taiwan Ministry of Education Scholarship for Advanced Mandarin Studies (declined), 2011-2012
  • Blakemore Foundation Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Grant, 2013-2014
  • Graduate Research Opportunities Grant, 2014
  • Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, 2015-2016
  • Stanford History Department Weter Fellowship, 2015-2016


  • History of Gender in China
  • History of Race and Ethnicity in East Asia
  • Being Young in Asia
  • History of Modern East Asia
  • History of China


2009 - 2016 PhD, Stanford University ‐ History
2010 - 2012 International Chinese Language Program, Taipei, Taiwan ‐ Classical Chinese and Chinese linguistic studies
2008 BA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania ‐ Robert E Cook Honors College, History & Asian Studies

Contact Information

Department of History
East Asian Studies
Chapman Center, 220H