Asia Scholar, Educator

portrait_Andrew_webDr. Andrew Field is a scholar of Chinese history and culture, living and working in Shanghai. He has taught Chinese history for the University of Puget Sound, University of New South Wales, and New York University, and has directed study abroad programs for Dartmouth College, CIEE, and Boston University. He is currently the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at Duke Kunshan University.

Andrew is the author of Shanghai’s Dancing World: Cabaret Culture and Urban Politics, 1919-1954 (Chinese University Press, 2010), Mu Shiying: China’s Lost Modernist (Hong Kong University Press, 2014) as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals on modern Chinese cultural and social history. He produced an independent documentary film Down: Indie Rock in the PRC. His latest book is entitled Shanghai Nightscapes: The Nocturnal Biography of a Global Metropolis, 1912-2012 (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Andrew graduated from Columbia University in 2001 with a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures. He offers walks, talks and study tours on history, culture and metropolitan themes. Some of his special topics and passions include music, jazz and Chinese Indie Rock in particular.


  • A Stroll down China’s Revolutionary Roads
  • Walking along the Bund
  • Shanghai’s Music and Jazz Scene: Past and Present


  • Shanghai’s Dancing World: Cabaret Culture and Urban Politics, 1919-1954 (2010)
  • Mu Shiying: China’s Lost Modernist (2014)
  • Shanghai Nightscapes: The Nocturnal Biography of a Global Metropolis (2015)


  • English
  • Mandarin

In November SHANGHAI FLANEUR organized a walk for our Shanghai Centre residents. The insightful historian and writer Andrew Fields lead the group on an interesting route through parts of Shanghai’s Former French Concession following Chinas revolutionary traces. The feedback by the participants was very positive. They appreciated that Shanghai Center offered the walk as an activity to get more familiar with the city and to have the opportunity to meet each other. From our side, we were satisfied with the organisation.

Sophie Wang, Events Manager at Shanghai Centre

The approach was more intelligent and educated and the topic was fascinating and an unusual slant on Shanghai's history. The track was comprehensive though if we had another half hour perhaps a quick metro to Xintiandi could have incorporated the first communist meeting place. Andrew is clearly a passionate expert on the topic.

Honora Corbett

Even though I know quite well the area we went through, I finally saw it from another perspective and got the chance to know facts that I would never look up for by myself. I am not so much into music, especially jazz music, but I found it a very interesting point of view to look at Chinese modern history. I like the end of the walk in the small room on the top of the JZ club, it was very cozy.

Chiara Bartoletti

The walking tour lived up to the expectations of my husband and me. The topic and track made sense, and so did the walking tour expert who evidently was very knowledgeable in the field. The duration of the tour was perfect.

Anne Peutzfeldt