Leonard Neidorf is Professor of English at Nanjing University, where he teaches courses on medieval literature and the history of the English language. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and his B.A., summa cum laude, from New York University. Before coming to Nanjing University, Neidorf was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He is the author of The Transmission of Beowulf: Language, Culture, and Scribal Behavior (Cornell University Press, 2017) and the editor of The Dating of Beowulf: A Reassessment (Boydell & Brewer, 2014), which was named an Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE. With Rafael J. Pascual and Tom Shippey, Neidorf co-edited Old English Philology: Studies in Honour of R.D. Fulk (Boydell & Brewer, 2016).
Neidorf's articles have appeared in a wide range of journals, including ELH, English Studies, Modern Philology, Tolkien Studies, Anglo-Saxon England, and Journal of Germanic Linguistics. His work in the digital humanities, published in Nature Human Behaviour, was profiled in The Guardian, The Times, and other news outlets. Neidorf has lectured at numerous universities and has served as a keynote speaker at conferences in Australia, China, Germany, Korea, and Spain. He is the 2020 recipient of the English Association's Beatrice White Prize.