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Welcome to my world

This is the website of Andrew David Field.

Andrew earned a B.A. in Asian Studies at Dartmouth College (1991) and a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University (2001).  He has taught courses in Chinese, East Asian, and World History, as well as specialized courses on Chinese urban history and on global urban cultures and societies with a focus on nightlife cultures. He has taught for Columbia University, the University of Puget Sound, University of New South Wales, NYU Shanghai, and Yonsei University.  Residing in China since 2007, he has administered and directed educational programs for Dartmouth College FSP in Beijing, CIEE Shanghai, Boston University Study Abroad in Shanghai, and Hult International Business School Shanghai campus. He currently serves as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Duke Kunshan University.

 Andrew's research projects and publications focus on the rise and development of modern globalizing music, nightlife, entertainment, and dance cultures, communities, and industries in large Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Beijing, and on representations of those cultures, communities, and industries in the modern mass media of film, recordings, and print.  He is also an authority on the social, cultural, literary, and architectural history of Shanghai, particularly during the Republican Era (1919-1949). He has published three books: Shanghai’s Dancing World: Cabaret Culture and Urban Politics (2010), Mu Shiying: China’s Lost Modernist (2014), and Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City (co-authored with James Farrer, 2015). He is working on a fourth book on the explosion of indie rock in China since the 2000s.

Andrew is also a producer and director of independent documentary films with a focus on contemporary creative cultures and communities in China.  His film Down:  Indie Rock in the PRC (2012), co-produced with Jud Willmont, has screened at film festivals and academic conferences worldwide.