Dr. Aihua Zhang

Dr. Aihua Zhang

Assistant Professor of History


  • Ph.D.: State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • M.A.: Department of History, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
  • B.A.: Department of English, Northwestern Polytechnic University, Xi’an, China


Before joining Gardner-Webb University, Dr. Aihua Zhang taught at Stockton University (NJ) as a visiting assistant professor. Her research interests include Modern China, women and gender, East Asian history, social activism, and transnationalism. Her book, The Beijing Young Women’s Christian Association, 1927-1937: Materializing a Gendered Modernity (Lexington Books, 2021), is the first one focusing on the YWCA in a Chinese city. In addition to a chapter to an edited volume Christianity and the Modern Woman in East Asia (Brill), she published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, including ““Reinventing Tradition and Indigenizing Modernity: The Beijing New Women and their Creation of a New Feminine Leisure Culture, 1911-1937” in Women’s History Review Journal and “Women’s Leisure and Leisure Satisfaction in Contemporary China” (co-authored) in World Leisure Journal.

Courses Taught

Pre-modern Chinese History, Modern China, Chinese Culture, Revolution/Democracy in East Asia, East Asian Traditions and Culture, World Civilizations, and Histories of Feminism