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.
""Orbiting the Core": Politics and the Meaning of Chinese Linguistics, 1927-1957." Twentieth-Century China Special Issue on National Language, Dialect, and the Construction of Identity 42, no. 3.
"Tongue-tied in Hong Kong: The fight for two systems and two languages." Foreign Affairs, August 3, 2016.
History of Modern China, history of linguistics, history of race and ethnicity, history of popular culture.
History of China
History of Modern East Asia
Being Young in Asia
History of Race and Ethnicity in East Asia
History of Gender in China
Honors & Awards
Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant, Blakemore Foundation Fellowship, Fulbright IIE award.