Eli Alberts is a specialist in Chinese history. Ever since he can remember he had the dream to go to China and finally after graduating from Colorado College in 1992 with a degree in Comparative Literature, he had the opportunity to teach English in Xi’an, one of China’s ancient capital cities. Since that first year, Eli has lived in Chinese societies for close to ten years and has studied the Chinese language for more than 20. Eli has a Ph.D. in Chinese history and culture from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his work as a teacher and researcher, Eli worked as a reporter and program host for Radio Taiwan International, a shortwave radio station in Taipei, Taiwan, where he hosted a show called Walks of Life that focused on different professions in Taiwan. While in Taiwan, Eli also served as a postdoctoral fellow at the acclaimed research institution, Academia Sinica. Eli loves to travel because through travel, it is possible to experience, even gain deep roots, in other cultures, and see the world from multiple perspectives.
Eli has been sharing his knowledge and excitement about East Asian history, Asian civilization, and relations between China and the West in the CSU History department since 2012. Some of the classes he teaches include Pacific Wars: Korea and Vietnam, Modern China, East Asia in the Age of Empire.
Eli is very excited for the Fall 2018 voyage. He will be teaching U.S.-China Relations Since 1800, Chinese Communities in the Global Context, and Asian Civilization II: Exploration, Colonization, and Globalization.