Farmer, J. Michael

Associate Professor

Office:  JO 5.612

Areas of Specialization:  Chinese History, especially early and medieval cultural, intellectual, and literary; the Silk Roads; Women in Traditional China.

Education: PhD Chinese Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison
MA Chinese Literature, University of Wisconsin, Madison
MA Chinese History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
BA Chinese, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. J. Michael Farmer specializes in the history, thought, and culture of early and medieval China. He holds Masters Degrees in both Chinese history and Chinese literature, and a PhD in Chinese literature, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Farmer has published articles on various aspects of medieval China, including didactic illustrations in an early Chinese academy, the local historiography of medieval Sichuan, and the use of poetry in historical narrative. His book, The Talent of Shu, published by the State University of New York Press (2007) is a socio-intellectual history of early Sichuan told through a critical biography of a noted classicist and historian, Qiao Zhou. Dr. Farmer teaches several courses on Chinese history, including Early China, Medieval China, Modern China, the Silk Roads, and Women in Traditional China. He regularly translates literary, historical, and philosophical texts from China's early medieval period, and is engaged in a long-term project to translate the fourth century local history Huayang guo zhi [Records of the States South of Mount Hua].