Dr. Ping Yao is a professor of History and Director of Asian and Asian American Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Recognized as an esteemed Chinese history scholar, Yao's research focuses on women's lives and women's religious experiences. Since 1996, she has authored and coauthored books and articles, has published in edited volumes, and has translated works from English into Chinese and Japanese, and from Chinese and Japanese into English. Currently, she is serving on the editorial board of three international journals. Her academic accolades include a 2005 faculty research grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project focusing on women's lives, and a 2006 Academic Excellence Award given to her by the Chinese Historians in the United States for an article on childbirth and maternal mortality. She was also a visiting professor at Harvard University during the 2008-2009 academic year. For four years, she served on the board of directors of the Chinese Historians in the United States, and went on to serve as the first female president of the organization.
- Ebrey, Patricia. The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period. University of California Press, 1993
- Ebrey, Patricia. Women and the Family in Chinese History. Routledge, 2002
- Idema, Wilt and Beata Grant. The Red Brush: Writing Women of Imperial China. Harvard, 2004
- Mann, Susan. Gender and Sexuality in Modern Chinese History. Cambridge University Press, 2011.