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Vice President Candidates

Prasenjit Duara

Oscar Tang Professor of East Asian Studies, History, Duke University. Area of Interest: China (Asia broadly); modern history, environmental history, religion, social and historical theory. Publications: 1) The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future, Cambridge University Press (2015); 2) Rescuing History from the Nation: Questioning Narratives of Modern China, University of Chicago Press (1995); 3) Culture, Power and the State: Rural Society in North China, 1900–1942, Stanford University Press (1988). Service to the Profession: 1) Member, China and Inner Asia Council Association for Asian Studies (2001-04); 2) First Host and Organizer, AAS-in-Asia, National University of Singapore (2014); 3) Council Member, American Historical Association (fostered Asian Studies) 2008-11

Personal Statement:  
I was inspired to study China while still in India because of the revolutionary transformations and anti-imperialist solidarity in the post-colonial world. After completing my PhD at Harvard about rural transformation during the revolutionary era (published as Culture, Power and the State), I developed an interest in nationalism, transnationalism and the concept of history. I believed this latter concept had much to do with the promise and dangers of nationalism, including post-colonial nationalism. I developed these themes in two books, Rescuing History from the Nation and Sovereignty and Authenticity: Manchukuo and the East Asian Modern. I compared and connected the modern history of China with that of India and Japan. My most recent work, The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future is a work of historical sociology that synthesizes many of these themes but orients them to interrogate the planetary environmental crisis. Has the modern drive to conquer nature overreached itself? How can the more holistic Asian traditions shape environmental movements to foster change?  

My new work led me to explore other regions, especially Southeast Asia and Eurasia. Over the last ten years, especially as Director of NUS’s Asia Research Institute, I developed a mission to study Asian connections. A neglected area of inquiry, it is profoundly important to better understand these relations both historically and for the contemporary ‘rise of Asia’, not least because of regional environmental and security problems. I proposed and hosted the first AAS-in-Asia conference in Singapore. I have worked closely with the SSRC since 2008 to develop the Inter-Asia program. I chair the committee that has awarded over 50 post-doctoral fellowships to Asianists across the world. We are also hosting our sixth Inter-Asia International Conference in Hanoi in 2018. I hope to continue working to bind AAS more closely to Asian scholars and practitioners so AAS can become the intellectual interface between Asia and America.


R. Bin Wong

Distinguished Professor, History, UCLA. Area of Interest: China; socio-economic history, political economy, China in regional and global perspectives especially since 1650 Publications: 1) China Transformed: Historical Change and the Limits of European Experience, Cornell University Press (1997); 2) Before and Beyond Divergence: The Politics of Economic Change in China and Europe, with Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, Harvard University Press (2011); 3) “Self-strengthening and Other Responses to the Expansion of European Economic and Political Power,” in John McNeil and Kenneth Pomeranz, eds., Cambridge World History Volume 7, Production, Destruction, and Connection, 1750–Present, Part 2, Shared Transformations?, Cambridge University Press (2015), pp. 366-94. Service to the Profession: 1) International Advisory Board Member, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) (2015-present); 2) Member, Conseil Scientifique, Paris School of Economics (PSE) (2016-present); 3) Member, External Research Evaluation Committee, National Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) (Japan 2017-present)

Personal Statement:  

It is an unexpected honor to have this opportunity to introduce myself and share some thoughts regarding AAS. I am an historian of early modern and modern China with a B.A. in economics (and sociologist Charles Tilly as a mentor). With an initial focus on Europe in graduate school, my primary research focus became Qing and 20th century China in comparative and economic history. Recently, my work has moved towards placing China in a more global context. Here I link historical pasts to possible futures, and focus specifically on issues of economy and environment through the lens of governance (and governmentality) in three large polities—China, the EU, and the U.S. Throughout my career, I have sustained connections to Europe and East Asia, where I teach, conduct research, and publish and have been part of conversations with scholars in the humanities and social sciences, and now increasingly with environmental scientists.  

My passion for research and commitment to teaching in multiple settings has also focused my professional service. While serving twelve years as director of the Asia Institute with responsibility for UCLA’s East Asia Title VI program, I also participated in departmental, school, and institute reviews in the U.S., China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. Within AAS I have served on the China and Inner Asia Council and have been a member of an annual program committee. My current professional service (listed separately) includes an international organization in the humanities, a French university, and a Japanese research institute.

These experiences in research, teaching, and service across several continents and disciplines have shaped my perspective on the kinds of initiatives and priorities AAS might pursue. We are already making efforts to bring some less represented subjects of study into AAS which allows us to consider a symmetrical effort to take our knowledge beyond our ‘areas’ to count more in the disciplines, our universities, and society. Were I to be in a position to do so, I would hope to extend AAS successes in building bridges to scholars and groups in Asia by expanding conversations with other area studies organizations within the United States, and with groups working on Asia in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Asia’s global importance makes it both possible and desirable to affirm our traditions of close contextual analysis and interpretation of Asian subjects and strive to communicate more broadly our expertise through the Association of Asian Studies nationally and internationally.



China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC)

 

Weihong Bao  

Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies, UC-Berkeley. Area of Interest: China; Chinese film and media culture, media theory and history, visual and performance, transpacific studies. Publications: 1) Fiery Cinema: The Emergence of an Affective Medium in China, 1915-1945, University of Minnesota Press (2015); 2) “The Art of Control: Hong Shen, Behavioral Psychology, and the Technics of Social Effects,” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture 27:2 fall (2015), 249-297; 3) “The Trouble with Theater: Cinema and the Geopolitics of Medium Specificity,” Framework 56:2 fall (2015), 350-367. Service to the Profession: 1) Co-Editor, Journal of Chinese Cinemas (2017-present); 2) Co-Editor, "Film Theory in Media History" book series, University of Amsterdam Press (2014-present); 3) Editorial Board, Journal of Visual Culture (2016-present)

Jack W. Chen  

Associate Professor, Chinese Literature, University of Virginia. Area of Interest: China; medieval Chinese literary and cultural history, premodern Chinese poetry, digital humanities, history of information Publications: 1) “The Shishuo xinyu as Data Visualization,” co-authored with Zoe Borovsky, Yoh Kawano, and Ryan Chen, Early Medieval China 20 (2014), 22–58; 2) Idle Talk: Gossip and Anecdote in Traditional China, co-edited with David Schaberg, Global, Area, and International Archive and the University of California Press (2013); 3) The Poetics of Sovereignty: On Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty, Harvard University Asia Center (2010). Service to the Profession: 1) Association for Asian Studies Editorial Board (2016–present); 2) Elected Board Member, T’ang Studies Society (2012–present, in second term); 3) Co-Administrator, “Sinologists” Facebook Group (over 1800 members) (2008–present)

Johan Elverskog

Professor, Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University. Area of Interest: China and Inner Asia; Philology. Publications: 1) “Sagang Sechen on the Tumu Incident,” in How Mongolia Matters: War, Law, and Society, ed. Morris Rossabi, 6-18. Leiden: Brill (2017); 2) “The Mongols, Astrology, and Eurasian History,” The Medieval History Journal 19, 1 (2016): 1-6; 3) “The Gutenberg Fallacy and the History of Printing among the Mongols,” in Tibetan Printing: Comparisons, Continuities and Change, eds. Hildegaard Diemberger et al., 21-37, Leiden: Brill (2016). Service to the Profession: 1) Associate Editor for Inner Asia, Journal of Asian Studies (2012-17); 2) Chair, Council of Conferences, Association for Asian Studies (2010-11); 3) Initiated, with Bob Snow (AAS Development Officer), the creation of the E. Gene Smith Inner Asia Book Prize (2010)

Anne Gerritsen  

Professor, History, University of Warwick (UK). Area of Interest: China; Ming/early modern Chinese history, material culture (especially porcelain), local—global history. Publications: 1) “Porcelain and the Material Culture of the Yuan Court (1279-1368),” Journal of Early Modern History 16 (2012): 241-273; 2) “Fragments of a Global Past: Ceramics Manufacture in Song-Yuan-Ming Jingdezhen,” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 52 (2009): 117-152; 3) Ji’an Literati and the Local in Song-Yuan-Ming China, Leiden: Brill (2007). Service to the Profession: 1) President, Society for Ming Studies (2016-18); 2) Co-organiser, Second Middle Period China Conference, Leiden University (September 2017); 3) Director, Global History and Culture Centre, University of Warwick (2014-16)

Fabio Lanza

Associate Professor, History, University of Arizona. Area of Interest: China; modern Chinese history, cultural history, urban history, intellectual history, comparative/world history. Publications: 1) The End of Concern: Maoist China, Activism, and Asian Studies in the Global Sixties, Duke University Press (2017);
2) De-Centering Cold War History: Local and Global Change, ed. with Jadwiga Pieper Mooney, Routledge (2012); 3) Behind the Gate: Inventing Students in Beijing, Columbia University Press (2010). Service to the Profession: 1) Associate editor, positions: asia critique; 2) Editor, The PRC History Review and H-PRC; 3) Co-organizer, ACLS/Luce workshop “Is There a Socialist Way of Governing in China? Governing as a Social Practice in the PRC,” University of British Columbia (September 2016)

Charlene Makley  

Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Reed College. Area of Interest: China, Tibet, Inner Asia, East Asia; development, globalization, anthropology of capitalism, exchange and value, gender, ethnicity, nationalism, religion and ritual, Buddhist studies, historiography, feminist theory, linguistic anthropology. Publications: 1) The Battle for Fortune: State-led Development, Personhood and Power Among Tibetans in China, Cornell University Press and Weatherhead East Asian Institute (forthcoming 2017); 2) "The Sociopolitical Lives of Dead Bodies: Tibetan Self-Immolation Protest as Mass Media," Cultural Anthropology Journal 30:3 (2015); 3) The Violence of Liberation: Gender and Tibetan Buddhist Revival in Post-Mao China, University of California Press (2007). Service to the Profession: 1) Co-organizer, panel on "Oral History in Tibet," for International Association of Tibetan Studies, Bergen, Norway (June 2016); 2) Co-organizer, 3-part panel on "The State of Tibet Anthropology: Old Predicaments, New Directions," for International Association of Tibetan Studies, Vancouver, BC (Aug. 2010); 3) Councilor and Program Editor, Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA, 2009-11)  

Tobie Meyer-Fong  

Professor, History, Johns Hopkins University. Area of Interest: China; late imperial and modern Chinese history. Publications: 1) What Remains: Coming to Terms with Civil War in 19th Century China, Stanford University Press (2013); 2) Building Culture in Early Qing Yangzhou, Stanford University Press (2003); 3) “Civil War, Revolutionary Heritage, and The Chinese Garden,” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, E-Journal #13 (December 2014) pp. 75-98. Service to the Profession: 1) Editor, Late Imperial China (2007-present); 2) Program Committee, National History Center, American Historical Association (2014-present); 3) Conference organizer, recipient of a Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, Inter-University Center for Sinology Grant to support speakers, conferences, and workshops on the social and cultural history of Ming-Qing China, open to the public and held at Johns Hopkins (2015-17)



Northeast Asia Council (NEAC)

Nicholas Harkness

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University. Area of Interest: Korea; language, music and semiotics, religion Publications: 1) Songs of Seoul: An Ethnography of Voice and Voicing in Christian South Korea, UC Press (2014); 2) “Transducing a Sermon, Inducing Conversion: Billy Graham, Billy Kim, and the 1973 Crusade in Seoul,” Representations 137: 112–143 (2017); 3) “Softer Soju in South Korea,” Anthropological Theory 13 (1/2): 12-30 (2013). Service to the Profession: 1) Program Committee, Society for East Asian Anthropology, American Anthropology Association (2016-17); 2) Faculty Mentor, Social Science Research Foundation Korean Studies Junior Faculty Book Workshop (2014); 3) Executive Committee Member, Korea Institute, Harvard University (2011-present)

Hwansoo Kim  

Associate Professor, Religious Studies and History, Duke University. Area of Interest: Korea and Japan; colonial, modern, and contemporary Korean Buddhism. Publications: 1) “The Adventure of a Japanese Monk in Colonial Korea: Sōma Shōei’s Zen Training with Korean Masters,” in Belief and Practice in Imperial Japan and Colonial Korea, edited by Emily Anderson, pp. 57-78, Palgrave Macmillan (2017); 2) “Seeking the Colonizer’s Favors for a Buddhist Vision: The Korean Buddhist Nationalist Paek Yongsŏng’s (1864-1940) Imje Sŏn Movement,” in Buddhist Modernities: Re-inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern World, edited by Vladimir Tikhonov, Hanna Havnevik, Ute Hüsken, Mark Teeuwen and Koen Wellens, pp. 66-88, Routledge (2016); 3) “Social Stigmas of Buddhist Monastics and the Lack of Lay Buddhist Leadership in Colonial Korea (1910–1945),” Korea Journal (April 2014): 105–132. Service to the Profession: 1) Steering Committee Member, Buddhism Section of the American Academy of Religion (2014-present); 2) Review Editor for H-Buddhism (2014-present); 3) Area Reviewer (Japan and Korea), Journal of Buddhist Ethics (2013-present)

Mark MacWilliams  

Professor, East Asian Religions, St. Lawrence University. Area of Interest: Japan and Thailand; Japanese religion (particularly pilgrimage and the Kannon cult), graphic arts, pop culture (particularly Japanese manga), Shinto thought in the modern period. Publications: 1) Defining Shinto, ed. and trans. with Okuyama Michiaki, Routledge (forthcoming January, 2018); 2) Japanese Visual Culture: Explorations in Manga and Anime, M.E. Sharpe (2008, 2nd Edition in the initial planning stages with Routledge Press); 3) “Religion and Manga” in Inken Prohl and John Nelson, eds. The Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions, Brill (2012), pp.595-628. Service to the Profession: 1) Executive Editor, Religious Studies Review (2015-present) and Editor, East Asian Religions (2003-2015); 2) Discipline Peer Reviewer, Fulbright Scholar Program (2013-15; 3) Panel Organizer and Presenter, “Commodified Spirituality--Marketing Pilgrimages in Japan,” XXI Quinquennial World Congress of the IAHR, Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present, hosted by the DVRW, Erfurt, Germany (August, 2015)

Michele M. Mason

Associate Professor, Modern Japanese Cultural Studies, University of Maryland, College Park. Area of Interest: Japan; Japanese colonialism/imperialism, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, gender and masculinity studies, popular culture. Publications: 1) Dominant Narratives of Colonial Hokkaido and Imperial Japan: Envisioning the Periphery and the Modern Nation State, Palgrave Macmillan (2012); 2) Reading Colonial Japan: Text, Context, and Critique, eds. Michele M. Mason and Helen J.S. Lee, Stanford University Press (2012); 3) “Seventeen’s Battle with the Cult of Masculinity: Reading Ōe Kenzaburō’s 1960s Critique of Rightist Resurgence in the Age of Abe,” Asia-Pacific Journal, Volume 15, Issue 4, No 4, (February, 2017). Service to the Profession: 1) Director of the Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS), University of Maryland, College Park (2016-present); 2) Sole Organizer, workshop on “Resituating Nagasaki in Time and Place,” University of Maryland, College Park, sponsored by the Japan Speaker Series, Center for East Asian Studies, and the Northeast Asia Council (April, 2015)

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen

Professor Emerita of Japanese Literature, University of Michigan. Area of Interest: Japan mainly, China and Korea for context and history, Southeast Asia; premodern Japanese literature, female authorship and gender issues in classical and modern fiction, Buddhism, deconstruction, and medieval aesthetic philosophy, the poetics of renga/haikai (linked poetry) as a collaborative genre. Publications: 1) Heart's Flower: The Life and Poetry of Shinkei, Stanford University Press (1994); 2) The Father-Daughter Plot: Japanese Literary Women and the Law of the Father, ed. with R. Copeland, University of Hawai'i Press (2001); 3) Emptiness and Temporality: Buddhism and Medieval Japanese Poetics, Stanford University Press (2008). Service to the Profession: 1) Elected Member, Board of Directors, Association for Teachers of Japanese (1991-94); 2) Executive Board, the Midwest Association for Japanese Literary Studies (MAJLS) (1994-2000, this organization went national as AJLS in 2000). Organizer and Chair, MAJLS International Conference on "The New Historicism in Japanese Literary Studies," held at the University of Michigan (Oct. 1997); 3) National Screening Committee, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Institute of International Education, New York (2002-04).

Eiko Maruko Siniawer  

Professor, History, Williams College. Area of Interest: Japan; modern Japan, prewar political history, postwar social and cultural history, comparative approaches, multidisciplinarity. Publications: 1) Waste in Postwar Japan (working title, forthcoming from Cornell University Press); 2) “‘Affluence of the Heart’: Wastefulness and the Search for Meaning in Millennial Japan,” Journal of Asian Studies 73, no. 1 (February 2014); 3) Ruffians, Yakuza, Nationalists: The Violent Politics of Modern Japan, 1860-1960, Cornell University Press (2008). Service to the Profession: 1) Chair, Department of History, Williams College (2012-15); 2) Selection Committee for Japan-United States Friendship Commission/National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Advanced Research on Japan (2009) and Harvard University Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Advanced Research Fellowship (2009); 3) Manuscript Reviewer for Journal of Japanese Studies, Modern Asian Studies, Radical History Review, Social Science Japan Journal, Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, Columbia University Press (2007-16)

Akiko Takenaka  

Associate Professor of Japanese History, University of Kentucky. Area of Interest: Northeast Asia, Japan; modern Japanese history, gender, war and memory, visual and material culture. Publications: 1) Yasukuni Shrine: History, Memory, and Japan’s Unending Postwar, University of Hawaii Press (2015); 2) “Gender and Postwar Relief: Support for War-Widowed Mothers in Occupied Japan,” Gender and History 28.3 (November 2016), 775-793; 3) “Collecting for Peace: Memories and Objects of the Asia-Pacific War,” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 1.2 (Fall 2015), 136-157. Service to the Profession: 1) North American Editorial Collective, Gender and History (2017-19); 2) Contributing Editor, The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (2008-present); 3) Field Editor, Japanese Studies, Dissertation Reviews (2013-14)



South Asia Council (SAC)  

Anna Bigelow  

Associate Professor, Religious Studies, North Carolina State University. Area of Interest: South Asia, India; Islam in South Asia, interreligious relations, Sufism. Publications: 1) Sharing the Sacred: Practicing Pluralism in Muslim North India, Oxford U. Press (2010); 2) “Memory and Minority: Making Muslim Indians,” Numen: International Review for the History of Religions, 58 (2011); 3) “Islam,” in Christopher Partridge, ed. Religions in the Modern World: Traditions and Transformations, Routledge (2016). Service to the Profession: 1) Program Committee, American Academy of Religion (2012-15); 2) Editorial Board, International Journal of Middle East Studies (2014-18); 3) Steering Committee Co-Chair, Material Islam Seminar, American Academy of Religion (2014-19)

Purnima Dhavan  

Associate Professor, History, University of Washington. Area of Interest: South Asia; cultural history, early modern literary and professional networks, regional identities, environmental history. Publications: 1) “Controversies Surrounding the Reception of Valī “Dakhanī” (1665?-1707?) in Early Tazkirahs of Urdu Poets,” co-edited with Heidi Pauwels, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 25 (4) (2015): 625-646; 2) “Warriors and Peasants in Mughal-era Punjab” in The Oxford Handbook of Mughal Studies, eds. Ramya Sreenivasan and Richard Eaton, Oxford University Press (in press); 3) When Sparrows Became Hawks: The Making of Khalsa Martial Tradition, Oxford University Press (2011). Service to the Profession: 1) Selection Committee, American Institute of Indian Studies: (2015-17 member, 2017-18 as chair); 2) Nominating Committee (2016-19), Program Committee (2018), American Historical Association; 3) South Asia Manuscript Project (SAMP) (2009-11)

Rajeev Kinra  

Associate Professor of South Asian & Global History and Director, Asian Studies Program, Northwestern University. Area of Interest: South, Central, and West Asia, Indian Ocean; cultural and political history of early modern India; the Mughal Empire, early British colonialism, and the wider Indian Ocean and Indo-Persian worlds. Publications: 1) Writing Self, Writing Empire: Chandar Bhan Brahman and the Cultural World of the Early Modern Indo-Persian State Secretary, University of California Press (2015). Published as part of the South Asia Across the Disciplines series, (Indian edition by Primus books, 2016); 2) “Cultures of Comparative Philology in the Early Modern Indo-Persian World,” Philological Encounters 1, 1 (2016) 225-87; 3) “Handling Diversity with Absolute Civility: The Global Historical Legacy of Mughal Sulh-i Kull,” Medieval History Journal 16, 2 (2013): 1-45. Service to the Profession: 1) Advisory panel, "Endangered Archives Programme" (EAP), sponsored by the Arcadia Fund (UK), and administered by the British Library (2016-present); 2) Advisory board, or “Collegium,” for the Berlin-based international project “Zukunfstphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship” (2010-present); since 2014, I have also served on the editorial board of the project's new journal, Philological Encounters; 3) Academic advisory council for the “South Asian American Digital Archive” (SAADA), an independent non-profit project seeking to document, preserve, and digitize archives related to the South Asian immigrant experience in the US (2014-present)

Sara Shneiderman

Associate Professor, Anthropology and the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia. Area of Interest: South Asia, the Himalayas (Nepal, India, Bhutan, Tibetan areas of China); ethnicity, ritual, political performance, cross-border mobility and citizenship, global indigeneity, social transformation, state restructuring, development. Publications: 1) Rituals of Ethnicity: Thangmi Identities Between Nepal and India, (Contemporary Ethnography Series), University of Pennsylvania Press (2015); 2) “Restructuring States, Restructuring Ethnicity: Looking Across Disciplinary Boundaries at Federal Futures in India and Nepal,” co-authored with Louise Tillin, Modern Asian Studies 49(1): 1-39 (2015); 3) “Are the Central Himalayas in Zomia? Some Scholarly and Political Considerations Across Time and Space,” Journal of Global History 5(2): 289-312 (2010). Service to the Profession: 1) Associate Editor for South Asia and the Himalayas, Pacific Affairs (2016-present); 2) Organizing committee member, Asian Borderlands Research Network (2014-present); 3) Founding Coordinator, UBC Himalaya Program (2015-present); Founding Coordinator; Yale Himalaya Initiative (2011-14)

Tony K. Stewart  

Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Humanities, Professor and Chair, Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University. Area of Interest: Bangladesh, India; early modern Bengali religion and literature, translation. Publications: 1) Witness to Marvels: Fictive Discourse in Early Modern Bengali Sufism (forthcoming); 2) The Final Word: The ‘Caitanya Caritāmṛta’ and the Grammar of Religious Tradition, Oxford University Press, 442pp., glossary, personae, bibliography, index (2010); 3) Fabulous Females and Peerless Pīrs: Tales of Mad Adventure in Old Bengal, translations with introduction, Oxford University Press, 267pp., glossary, bibliography, index (2004). Service to the Profession: 1) Founder and Director, Bangla Language Institute, Independent University-Bangladesh, Dhaka (2006-10); 2) Co-Founder and Director, North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies (North Carolina State University, Duke University, and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) (1987-2004), a US Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Center (1998-2004); 3) Executive Director, Chair of the Board of Trustees, South Asia Summer Language Institute (2002-06)



Southeast Asia Council (SEAC)

Erik Davis  

Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Macalester College. Area of Interest: Southeast Asia, Cambodia; anthropology of death, ritual performance, and rebirth memory narratives. Publications: 1) Deathpower: Buddhism’s Ritual Imagination in Cambodia, Columbia University Press (2015); 2) “Kinship Beyond Death: Ambiguous Relations and Autonomous Children in Cambodian Buddhism,” in Contemporary Buddhism, 16:1 (2015); 3) "Khmer Spirits, Chinese Bodies: Spirit Possession in Contemporary Sino-Khmer Communities in Cambodia,” in Religion and Cultural Crisis in Southeast Asia, Thomas Reuter and Alexander Horstmann, eds., Brill (2012). Service to the Profession: 1) Chair, Thailand/Laos/Cambodia Studies Group (2011-14); 2) Board member, Thailand/Laos/Cambodia Studies Group (2006-11); 3) Member, Religious Studies in Southeast Asia Steering Committee, American Academy of Religion (AAR) (2014-Present)

Yosef Djakababa  

Assistant Professor, History & International Relations, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Tangerang, Indonesia. Area of Interest: Southeast Asia; modern Southeast Asian history, authoritarianism, Cold War, colonial history, civil and military relations, political history, and social and popular culture in Southeast Asia. Publications: 1) “Decentralization and the Indonesian Industrialization Strategy in the Post-New Order Era: The Case Study of Oil and Gas Sector in the Province of West Papua,” co-authored with Francisia SSE Seda, Derek Wamea, Yosef Hilarius Timu Pera and Sakti Wira Yudha, in International Journal of Asian Social Science, 2013, 3 (10): 2183-2195; 2) “The United States and International Dimensions of the Killings in Indonesia (comment)” in 1965: Indonesia and the World (Indonesia dan Dunia), ed. Bernd Schaefer and Baskara T.Wardaya, Gramedia Pustaka Utama, Jakarta, Indonesia (2013); 3) “The Initial Purging Policies after the 1965 Incident at Lubang Buaya” in Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Vol.32, No.3 (2013). Service to the Profession: 1) Country Representative for AIFIS (American Institute for Indonesian Studies) a CAORC member organization (2015-present); 2) Steering Committee for Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) “Engaging Southeast Asia International Conference” hosted by FISIP UPH International Relations Department and Center for Southeast Asian Studies-Indonesia, at UPH campus Karawaci (July, 2014); 3) Head of CSEAS-Indonesia Consultants team in cooperation with Coordinating Ministry of People’s Welfare, Republic of Indonesia in collecting data and writing the Republic of Indonesia ASCC (ASEAN Socio Culture Community) Mid-term Report Blueprint (July-August 2013)  

Taylor M. Easum  

Assistant Professor of History & International Studies, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. Area of Interest: Southeast Asia, Thailand, Laos; Southeast Asian urban history, regionalism, colonial cities. Publications: 1) "Sculpting and Casting Memory and History in a Northern Thai City," Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, Issue 20 (September 2016); 2) “Imagining the ‘Laos Mission’: On the Usage of ‘Lao’ in Northern Siam and Beyond,” The Journal of Lao Studies, Special Issue (2015): 6–23; 3) “A Thorn in Bangkok’s Side Khruba Sriwichai, Sacred Space and the Last Stand of the Pre-Modern Chiang Mai State,” South East Asia Research 21, no. 2 (June 1, 2013): 211–36. Service to the Profession: 1) Board Member, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia (TLC) Studies Group (2013-15); 2) Board Member for SE Asia, Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) (2016-present); 3) Co-founder, Southeast Asia Research Group (SEARG), UW-Madison (2008)  

Andrew Alan Johnson  

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Princeton University. Area of Interest: Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Singapore); religion, modernity, water, urban anthropology, ghosts, rivers, migration. Publications: 1) Ghosts of the New City: Spirits, Urbanism and the Ruins of Progress in Chiang Mai, University of Hawai’i Press (2014); 2) “Naming Chaos: Accident, Precariousness, and the Spirits of Wildness in Urban Thai Spirit Cults,” American Ethnologist 39(4): 766-778 (2012); 3) “Dreaming About the Neighbors: Magic, Orientalism and Entrepreneurship in the Consumption of Thai Religious Goods in Singapore,” South East Asia Research, 24(4): 445-461 (2016). Service to the Profession: 1) Executive Board Member, Thai-Laos-Cambodia Group (AAS) (2014-15); 2) Associate Editor, TRANS: Trans-regional and -national Studies in Southeast Asia, Cambridge University Press (2010-13); 3) Research Associate, Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia (DORISEA) group, University of Göttingen, Germany (2015-16)

John A. Marston  

Professor, Anthropology, Center for Asian and African Studies, El Colegio de México. Area of Interest: Southeast Asia (Cambodia especially) (secondary interest in South Asia); Buddhism in Cambodia, Theravada Buddhism, land and water issues in Cambodia, media in Cambodia. Publications: 1) Ethnicity, Borders, and the Grassroots Interface with the State: Studies on Southeast Asia in Honor of Charles F. Keyes, ed., Chiang Mai, Silkworm Books (2014); 2) Anthropology and Community in Cambodia: Reflections on the Work of May Ebihara, ed., Monash University Press (2011); 3) History, Buddhism, and New Religious Movements in Cambodia, ed. with Elizabeth Guthrie, University of Hawaii Press (2004) (Southeast Asia edition published by Silkworm Books in 2006). Service to the Profession: 1) Translation Project Group, Association for Asian Studies (2009-present); 2) Board member, Thailand/Laos/Cambodia Group, Association for Asian Studies (1998-2000, 2004-07, 2014-17); 3) Book Review Editor, Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Review of Southeast Asian Studies, (2005-08)  

Pamela McElwee  

Associate Professor, Environmental Studies & Anthropology, Department of Human Ecology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Area of Interest: Vietnam and Southeast Asia; conservation, development, climate change, the Anthropocene, environmental history. Publications: 1) Forests are Gold: Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam, University of Washington Press (2016); 2) Gender and Sustainability: Lessons from Latin America and Asia, ed. with M.L. Cruz-Torres, University of Arizona Press (2012); 3) “Payments for Environmental Services as Neoliberal Market-based Forest Conservation in Vietnam: Panacea or Problem?” Geoforum, 43: 412-426 (2012). Service to the Field: 1) Co-Editor in Chief, Journal of Vietnamese Studies (JVS) (2012-14), Editorial board member (2009-11); 2) Executive Committee of the Vietnam Studies Group (VSG) (2003-06), Secretary of VSG (2004-06); 3) Executive Committee, Center for Asian Research (CAR), Arizona State University (2006-08)

Wasana Wongsurawat  

Assistant Professor, History, Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University. Area of Interest: Southeast Asia, China; transnational history, global history, diaspora history, history of the Chinese diaspora. Publications: 1) "Beyond Jews of the Orient: A New Interpretation of the Problematic Relationship between the Thai State and its Ethnic Chinese Community," Positions: Asia Critique. vol.24 no.2 (2016); 2) "Home-base of an Exiled People: Hong Kong and Overseas Chinese Activism from Thailand," in Wasana Wongsurawat ed. Sites of Modernity: Asian Cities in the Transitory Moments of Trade, Colonialism and Nationalism, Hong Kong: Springer (2016); 3) “Thailand and the Xinhai Revolution: Expectations, Reality, and Inspiration,” in Sun Yat-sen, Nanyang, and the 1911 Revolution, Lee Lai To and Lee Hock Guan, eds., Singapore: ISEAS (2011). Service to the Profession: 1) Panel convener/chair/presenter, AAS annual conferences (2011, 2013, 2017)



AAS Council of Conferences (COC)

Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference (MAR)  

Valerian DeSousa  

Associate Professor, Sociology, West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Area of Interest: South Asia; colonial history. Publications: 1) “New Modernities and the ‘Third World’,” co-editor with Jennifer Henton and Geetha Ramanathan of thematic issue of Comparative Literature and Culture (12.2), (2010); 2) “Transnational Citizens: Goan Migration in Historical Perspective,” The Global Studies Journal, 4.2: 147-158 (2012); 3) “Call Center Work Experience: A Comparative Study of India and the Philippines,” with Bessie Lawton, Humanities and Science University Journal, 4: 41-53 (2013). Service to the Profession: 1) President, Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (2015-16); 2) Conference Co-manager, 41st Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference held at West Chester University (November, 2012); 3) Program Chair, 42nd Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, University of Delaware (November, 2013)  

Rachael Hutchinson  

Associate Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Delaware. Area of Interest: Japan; colonialism, censorship, identity and representation in a range of narrative texts, from Japanese fiction and film to manga and videogames. Publications: 1) Nagai Kafū’s Occidentalism: Defining the Japanese Self, SUNY Press (2011); 2) The Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese Literature, co-edited with Leith Morton, New York and London: Routledge (2016); 3) Negotiating Censorship in Modern Japan, edited, Routledge Contemporary Japan Series no. 45 (2013). Service to the Profession: 1) MAR/AAS: President (2016-17), Vice President (2015-16), Advisory and Executive Council from 2011, conference manager (2013); 2) NCTA (National Consortium for Teaching about Asia): seminar leader (2009), liaison for state of Delaware (2009-15); 3) Japan Forum (journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies): international editorial board (2015-17), commissioning editor in the Humanities (2004-14)

David Kenley  

Professor of History, Elizabethtown College. Area of Interest: China; Chinese migration. Publications: 1) New Culture in a New World: The May Fourth Movement and the Chinese Diaspora, 1919-1932, Routledge Press (2003, 2007, and 2013); 2) Modern China, Key Issues in Asian Studies Series, Association for Asian Studies (2012); 3) Contested Community: Identities, Spaces, and Hierarchies of the Chinese in the Cuban Republic, edited English translation originally authored by Miriam Herrera Jerez and Mario Castillo Santana, Brill (2017). Service to the Profession: 1) President, Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (2014-15); 2) Regional Leader, National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (2002-present); 3) Editorial Board Member, American Journal of Chinese Studies (2004-present)  



Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA)  

Elizabeth Dorn Lublin  

Associate Professor, History, Wayne State University. Area of Interest: Japan; modern Japanese history, with special interest in gender, Christian reform, citizenship. Publications: 1) Reforming Japan: The Woman's Christian Temperance Union in the Meiji Period, Asian Religions and Society Series, University of British Columbia Press (2010); 2) "Mary Clement Leavitt, Japan, and the Transnationalization of the World WCTU, 1886-1912," in Women and Transnational Activism in Historical Perspective, eds. Kimberly Kuhlman and Erika Jensen, 13-36, History of International Relations, Diplomacy and Intelligence Series, vol. 14, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Republic of Letters Publishing (2010); 3) "Wearing the White Ribbon of Reform and the Banner of Civic Duty: Yajima Kajiko and the Japan Woman's Christian Temperance Union in the Meiji Period," U.S.-Japan Women's Journal, nos. 30-31 (2006): 60-79. Service to the Profession: 1) Chair, Midwest Japan Seminar (January 2016-present); 2) Assistant Editor, Japan Section, "Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820," Alexander Street (2014-present); 3) Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History, Wayne State University (2012-13, 2014-15, 2016-present)  

Ethan I. Segal

Associate Professor of History, Michigan State University. Area of Interest: Japan, pre-modern East Asia; international relations, social and economic history, gender studies, film. Publications: 1) Coins, Trade, and the State: Economic Growth in Early Medieval Japan, Harvard University Asia Center (2011); 2) “Kodai • chūsei Nihon no keizai shisō – mosaku no kokoromi,” in Kawaguchi Hiroshi, ed., Nihon no keizai shisō: jikan to kūkan no naka de, Tokyo: Perikansha (2016), pp. 14-49; 3) “The Shōen System,” “Kamakura and the Challenges of Governance,” and “Towns and Commerce,” three chapters in Karl Friday, ed., Japan Emerges: Introductory Essays on Premodern History, Westview Press (2012), pp. 167-77, 203-12, 289-98. Service to the Profession: 1) Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA): President 2015-16, Vice President 2014-15, Program Chair for the 2013 Conference; 2) Executive committee/advisory board member, Midwest Japan Seminar, (2009-12, 2015-18); 3) John Whitney Hall Prize Committee Member (2010-12, served as committee chair 2011-12)  

Xin Yang  

Associate Professor and Chair, Literature, Macalester College. Area of Interest: China; modern and contemporary Chinese literature, culture and films, women’s writings, internet studies and online politics. Publications: 1) Re-configuring Class, Gender, Ethnicity and Ethics in Chinese Internet Culture, co-authored with Haomin Gong, Routledge (2017); 2) "Configuring Female Sickness and Recovery: Chen Ran and Anni Baobei," Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, (Spring 2011): 169-196; 3) “Digitized Parody: The Politics of Ego in Contemporary China,” co-authored with Haomin Gong, China Information, 24(1) (2010). Service to the Profession: 1) Chair of Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Macalester College (2015-present); 2) Chair of Candidate Review Committee, which reviews tenure and non-tenure cases, Macalester College (2016); 3) Asian Studies Steering Committee (2007-present), and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Steering Committee (2016-present), Macalester College.



Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ)  

Christopher Bondy  

Associate Professor of Sociology/Coordinator of Japan Studies, International Christian University. Area of Interest: Japan; Buraku issues, minority education, social movements. Publications: 1) Voice, Silence and Self: Negotiations of Buraku Identity in Contemporary Japan, Cambridge, Harvard East Asia Monograph Series (2015); 2) “Centering and Marginalizing: The ‘Soft Middle’ and Japanese Minority Education,” Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Vol. 34, No. 1. Pp. 93-106 (2014); 3) “A Really Warm Place: Well-being, Place and the Experiences of Buraku Youth” in Manzenreiter, Wolfram and Barbara Holthus, eds., Happiness and the Good Life in Japan, Routledge (2017). Service to the Profession: 1) Executive Committee, Asian Studies Conference Japan (2012-present); 2) Editorial Board, Intercultural Education Society of Japan (異文化間教育学会) Journal (2013-present); 3) Organized international symposium Buraku Issues in the 21st Century: Reconsidering Representations, Realities and Opportunities Symposium, (October 2015), International Christian University

Christian Hess  

Associate Professor, Modern East Asian History, Sophia University. Area of Interest: China, Japan; urban history, history of transportation and mobility, food and empire. Publications: 1) “Securing the City, Securing the Nation: Militarization and Urban Police Work in Dalian, 1949-1953,” in Toby Lincoln, ed., The Habitable City in China: Urban History in the Twentieth Century, Palgrave (2017): 71-90; 2) “Revolutionary Real Estate: Envisioning Space in Communist Dalian,” in J. Cook, J. Goldstein, and S. Schmalzer, eds. Visualizing China: Image, History and Memory in China, 1750-Present, Lexington (2014) 185-202; 3) “The Fate of Japanese Settlers in Manchuria,” in David Chandler, Robert Cribb, and Li Narangoa, eds., End of Empire: 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World, NIAS Press, (Copenhagen, 2016). Service to the Profession: 1) Discussant, “Charting Intersections and Interstices in East Asian Memoryscapes” (winner of Hilary Conroy Panel Prize), Association for Asian Studies annual conference, Toronto (2017); 2) Organizer, symposium “Empire and Aftermath: New Perspectives on the Legacies of the Japanese Empire,” Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture (June 2015); 3) Webmaster, submissions manager, Executive Committee member, Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) (2013-present)  

Noriko Murai  

Associate Professor, Art History, Sophia University. Area of Interest: Japan; modern Japanese art and visual culture. Publications: 1) “Okakura’s Way of Tea: Representing Chanoyu in Early Twentieth-Century America,” Review of Japanese Culture and Society XIV (December 2002): 1-18. Reprint, in Review of Japanese Culture and Society XXIV (December 2012): 70-93; 2) Journeys East: Isabella Stewart Gardner and Asia, co-authored with Alan Chong, et al, Boston: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (2009) 479 pages; 3) Inventing Asia: American Perceptions around 1900, co-edited with Alan Chong, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (2014) 215 pages. Service to the Profession: 1) Board member, the Society for the Study of Japonisme (Japonisumu Gakkai) (2014-present); 2) Board member, the Asian Studies Conference Japan (2014-present); 3) Editorial board, the Journal of History of Modern Art, peer reviewed journal for the Korea Association for History of Modern Art (2012-present).