Stephen Field came to Trinity from the College of William & Mary in 1990 to found the Chinese program. Subsequently, in 1995, Trinity became the second of only two universities in Texas to boast a major in Chinese.
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
The Duke of Zhou Changes: A Study and Annotated Translation of the Zhou Yi 周易
(Wiesbaden, FRG: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015).
“A Geomantic Reading of Asian Diasporic Literature,” in L. Fitzsimmons, et al., eds. Asian American Literature and the Environment (Routledge, 2014).
Ancient Chinese Divination (University of Hawaii Press, 2009)
“In Search of Dragons: The Folk Ecology of Fengshui,” in N. J. Girardot, et al., eds., Daoism and Ecology (Harvard, 2001).
Tian Wen: A Chinese Book of Origins (New York: New Directions, 1986).
Raised on a farm in West Texas, Professor Field developed an early interest in nature, and then discovered nature poetry in college, where he majored in English romanticism. His study of Chinese in college was inspired by his reading of the Daoist philosopher, Lao Tzu. His dissertation was a study of the “field and garden” poets in ancient China, a branch of nature poetry akin to pastoral in the West. He is now a specialist in pre-Qin Chinese literature and an authority on early Chinese cosmology as it pertains to the ancient art of fengshui. His web site, FengshuiGate.com, gathers popular essays he has written on various aspects of fengshui as well as his translation of the earliest extant fengshui classic, the Zangshu, or Book of Burial.
Modern Standard Chinese
Being Young in Asia (FYE)
The Folk Ecology of Fengshui
Community service & Involvement
He is active in the Association for Asian Studies, especially its regional arm, the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies, where he has served on the board of directors for many years.