Gu Jiu was born in 1951. He holds a master’s degree in the history of Chinese language with the focus of critical interpretation of ancient texts from Shandong University.
He was professor and associate dean at Guizhou Normal University. He has been the curator of Guizhou Research Institute of Culture and History since April 2005. In January 2008, Prof. Gu became the vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress in Guizhou.
His research focuses on the teaching of critical interpretation of ancient texts, ancient Chinese, Chinese culture, as well as curriculum and pedagogy. Prof. Gu’s research on critical interpretation of ancient texts focuses on two areas:
(a) Contemporary words and phrases originated from Wei, Jin, Southern, and Northern Dynasties: His papers were published in such influential journals as Studies of the Chinese Language, Research in Ancient Chinese Language, and Journal of Literature.
(b) Cultural interpretation of words: Some of his papers include "Cultural Interpretations of Words in Ancient Chinese", and "Unexpressed Numbers in Ancient Chinese". He also edited Full Translation of Bao Pu Zi Nei Pian (Guizhou People’s Press).
Prof. Gu seeks to, by employing systematic analysis and genetic methodology, construct a theoretic framework for the existence of the Chinese nation based upon peasant economy and family (clan) institutions.