Di  Luo

Di Luo

Assistant Professor


  • PhD, The Ohio State University, 2015


Research Interests

  • Modern Chinese history
  • Reading and writing history in pre-modern and modern China
  • History of everyday life in twentieth-century China
  • China’s modern transformation
  • Comparative literacy studies

Current Projects

  • I am currently working on a book manuscript on literacy’s relations to Chinese social, cultural, and political changes in the first half of the 20th century.

Courses Taught

  • Asian Civilization to 1400 (HY 113)
  • Asian Civilization from 1400 (HY114)
  • Modern China since 1600 (HY404)


  • “Locals in the War, Fashioning Anti-Japanese Base Areas in the 1930s and 1940s” on panel “Reporting and Experiencing Wars,” Southeast Conference Association for Asian Studies (SEC-AAS) 54th Annual Meeting, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, January, 2015.
  • “Managing People’s Power: Literacy Campaigns in 1930s and 1940s Wartime China” on panel “Varieties of Literacy Campaigns in Historical and Comparative Perspectives: New Approaches,” Social Science History Association (SSHA) 2014 Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November, 2014.
  • “Reading and Writing Modernity: Rural Literacy Education in Shanxi in the 1930s and 1940s” on panel “Rural Modernity and Cultural Form in 20th Century China,” Association of Asian Studies (AAS) 2014 Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March, 2014.
  • “Shaping the Popular Morale: Winter Schooling amidst the Flames of War in Shanxi, 1937-1945” on panel “The Challenges for China in the 1930s,” 62nd Annual Midwest Conference of Asian Affairs (regional affiliate of Association of Asian Studies), East Lansing, Michigan, October, 2013.
  • “Learning to Be Revolutionaries: Communist Literacy Movements in 1930s and 1940s Rural China,” AAS-sponsored workshop titled “Reading the Revolution: Locating and Interpreting Sources on 1950–60s China,” Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago, Chicago, September, 2012.
  • “Cultivating Insurgent Peasants: Chinese Communists’ Literacy Education in Jiangxi,” 25th Annual Edward J. Hayes Graduate Research Forum, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, March 2011.
  • “From Villagers to Comrades: Literacy and Political Mobilization at Jiangxi in the Early 1930s,” 59th Annual Midwest Conference of Asian Affairs, Columbus, OH, October, 2010.

Awards and Honors

  • Graduate Research Grant, Office of International Affairs, The Ohio State University (2010 – 2011)
  • Summer Research Grant, Department of History, The Ohio State University (2011)
  • Gordon P.K. Chu Memorial Award, College of Arts and Sciences, The Ohio State University (2011)
  • Graduate Research Grant, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State University (2010)
  • Louise Loh Memorial Scholarship, East Asian Studies Center, The Ohio State University (2010)

Selected Publications

  • “Villagers into Comrades: Literacy Education in the Jiangxi Soviet,” Twentieth-Century China (Leeds, London, and Philadelphia, forthcoming, January 2016).