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Justin Fifield
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Phone: (860) 297-2249 Office Location: McCook 212
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Trinity College faculty member since 2017 View office hours for Fall 2017
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., Harvard Univ. (2017)
M.A., Univ. of Texas (2008)
B.A., Kalamazoo College (2002)

Professor Fifield completed his Ph.D. in the Study of Religion at Harvard University with a dissertation on Buddhist monastic ethics in a corpus of canonical texts written in Sanskrit. His research focuses on the intersection of text, practice, and critical theory. His current project examines care for the sick and dying in Buddhist monasteries of South and Southeast Asia, incorporating insights from Disability Studies. He is also working with a team of scholars to translate the Avadanasataka, an important Buddhist Sanskrit text. On the basis of this work, he is preparing an article that explores the role of affect and emotion in monastic practice, interpersonal relationships, and group solidarity. He draws specific attention to the role of animals within the Buddhist moral community, making a contribution to ongoing conversations within Animals Studies.

Professor Fifield attended a small liberal arts college in Michigan much like Trinity, where he learned the value of small classes, constructive debate, and a teaching environment that encourages student-directed learning. Students in his classes, whatever their background or major, cultivate their cultural literacy, intellectual integrity, and ethical leadership. Professor Fifield believes that the classroom is a space for students to explore their interests, learn what they care about most, and develop the skills to pursue positive change in the world.