Professor of Chinese
Division of Literature and Languages
Alexei Ditter (迪磊) obtained his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and his PhD from Princeton University. His research explores interactions between social and textual practices in medieval Chinese literature, focusing in particular on questions of place, genre, and memory. He is co-editor (with Jessey J.C. Choo and Sarah M. Allen) of Tales from Tang Dynasty China (Hackett, 2017) and has published articles and book chapters on diverse aspects of medieval Chinese literary culture. He is currently writing a monograph that examines how genres influence the construction of the past in medieval China and co-editing, with Jessey J.C. Choo, an anthology of translations of medieval Chinese entombed epitaphs. Since 2015, with the ongoing support of the Tang Research Foundation, he has co-organized the annual workshop series “New Frontiers in the Study of Medieval China.” Professor Ditter joined the Reed faculty in 2006. In addition to lecturing and leading conferences in the Chinese Humanities, he teaches courses on medieval and late imperial Chinese literature and on modern and classical Chinese language.