Dr. Yunxiang Gao’s research focuses primarily on trans-Pacific cultural history in World War II. Currently, she is finishing two books: One is entitled "Arise, Africa! Roar, China!: Sino-African-American Citizens of the World in the Twentieth Century." It focuses on the wartime cultural network of Chinese and African Americans, including W.E.B Du Bois, Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes, actress Wang Yung, founder of mass singing Liu Liangmo, and modern dancer Sylvia Si-lan Chen; The other one is a biography tentatively entitled “Soo Yong (1903-1984): A Hollywood Actress and Cosmopolitan of the Asian Diasporas.”
Dr. Gao has published articles in The Du Bois Review, Gender and History, The Journal of American East-Asian Relations, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, and Sport in Society. Several of her articles have been translated into Chinese. Her book, "Sporting Gender: Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China’s National Crisis, 1931-1945," appeared in 2013 with the University of British Columbia Press.