Associate Professor of Chinese History

    Editor, Early Medieval China

    The University of Texas at Dallas

    School of Arts & Humanities, JO 31

    800 W. Campbell Rd.

    Richardson, TX 75080


    Office: JO 5.612

    Phone: 972-883-6354

    Email: farmer@utdallas.edu

Office Hours: Spring 2013

MW 1:00-2:00 PM and by appointment

Areas of Specialization:

Chinese History, especially early and medieval cultural, intellectual, and literary history; the Silk Roads; Women in Traditional China.

Curriculum Vitae

Now Available:

The Talent of Shu: Qiao Zhou and the Intellectual World of Early Medieval Sichuan

Also in paperback!

Dr. J. Michael Farmer specializes in the history, literature, thought, and culture of early and medieval China. He holds Masters Degrees in both Chinese history and Chinese literature, and a Ph.D. in Chinese literature, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to his appointment at UTD he taught for six years at Brigham Young University, and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Colorado at Boulder. 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, Traditional China, Modern China, Chinese art history, the Silk Roads, and Women in Traditional China. He also translates literary, historical, and philosophical texts from China’s early medieval period, and is currently engaged in a translation and study of the fourth century local history Huayang guo zhi [Records of the States South of Mount Hua].

Dr. Farmer has served as the Secretary-Treasurer for the T’ang Studies Society, on the Board of Directors of the Western Branch of the American Oriental Society, and is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Early Medieval China.