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Vice President Candidates
Sun Joo Kim
Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History, Harvard University Area of Interest: Korea and East Asia; Social-cultural history Publications: 1) Wrongful Deaths: Selected Inquest Records from Nineteenth-Century Korea, compiled and translated with Jungwon Kim, University of Washington Press (2014); 2) Voice from the North: Resurrecting Regional Identity through the Life and Work of Yi Sihang (1672–1736), Stanford University Press (2013); 3) Marginality and Subversion in Korea: The Hong Kyŏngnae Rebellion of 1812, University of Washington Press (2007) Service to the Profession: 1) Korea Book Review Editor for the Journal of Asian Studies (2014–17); 2) Founder and co-organizer of Korean art history workshops (2012, 2013, 2016, and 2019); 3) Organizer and leader of field trips to historical sites in Korea for graduate students (2012 and 2016)
Born and raised in Korea, I am a first-generation immigrant to the United States. As the popular saying goes, “It takes a whole village to raise a child,” and I owe a great deal to many good-hearted people for my professional development as a scholar and teacher. In return, I have been doing all I can to train graduate students, mentor junior scholars, serve on editorial boards, develop web-based resources, organize field development workshops, manage a research institute, and raise funds.
My scholarly work focuses on the social-cultural history of early modern Korea. Both my college experiences in 1980s Korea and a broad interest in the world history of revolutions and rebellions affected my study of popular movements in nineteenth-century Korea, which in turn led me to analyze regional discrimination and the ways in which marginalized groups of people cope with their compromised conditions in history. My interest in ordinary yet forgotten people, including women, prompted me to study early Korean legal records that have inadvertently preserved their voices. I am also devoted to making underused yet enlightening primary sources available in English through conventional as well as digital publishing.
Throughout my career, the AAS has provided crucial opportunities for me to learn innovative scholarly approaches, interact with researchers in various fields, and identify and discuss the challenges of our profession. If elected, I will do my utmost to ensure that the AAS continues to fulfill its ongoing mission and also plans for the future with integrity and transparency. I believe that inclusion and diversity only enhance human life, including the world of academia. I will energetically promote this value by seeking out under-resourced scholars, nurturing emerging fields, and experimenting with new methodologies and perspectives in the face of an increasingly technology-driven and stratified world.
Christine Reiko Yano
Professor of Anthropology, University of Hawai’i Area of Interest: Japan; Popular culture, music, consumer culture, race and ethnicity, gender, diaspora (Asian American) Publications: 1) Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty and Its Trek Across the Pacific, Duke University Press (2013, also in French translation by Marie Renier as La Vie en Rose Kitty; L’histoire d’un Chaton qui a Conquis le Monde, 2014, Muttpop Europe, and Japanese translation, 2017); 2) Airborne Dreams: “Nisei” Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways, Duke University Press (2011, also in Japanese translation); 3) Tears of Longing: Nostalgia and the Nation in Japanese Popular Song, Harvard East Asia Center, Harvard University Press (2002) Service to the Profession: 1) Japan Foundation American Advisory Board (2014-present, Chair 2018-present); 2) Association for Asian American Studies Board (2017-present); 3) Northeast Asia Council, AAS (2010-13, Chair 2012-13)
I am an anthropologist of Japan with research on popular culture analyzed through multiple lenses of gender, affect, nationalism, globalism, consumption, and cosmopolitanism. I come to this nomination as an outlier—Asian American, working-class background, popular culture research. But it is these very outlier positions that provide a perspective that may be of benefit to the field of Asian Studies. I have been active within AAS, serving on NEAC (including as Chair) and the Distinguished Speakers Bureau. I currently serve on the American Advisory Committee of Japan Foundation (AAC, elected Chair as of 2018) and the Board of Directors of the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) as a regional representative.
I would be honored to serve as Vice-President of the Association for Asian Studies because I believe in the value of this organization. From my leadership experiences with AAS, AAAS, and Japan Foundation AAC, I believe I can help shape the organization to new and deeper engagement with scholars in and of Asia, embracing the organization’s truly trans-disciplinary, trans-border potential. Whereas in the past, political engagement may have been the decision of a small band of committed scholars, our very institutional and societal foundations beg us not to shirk this responsibility. Thus we as a large body of scholars of Asia must find within ourselves the wherewithal and commitment to address the politics of what we do as individuals and as a group. We reach out in the spirit of cooperation to our colleagues and communities--in Asia and other parts of the world, in various tiers of institutionalized learning, and in fields outside of academia. I ask your help in creating a set of best practices that will strengthen a sense of engagement centered upon scholarship of Asia and guided by the deepest sense of responsibility.
China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC)
James A. Benn
Professor, Religious Studies, McMaster University Area of Interest: Religion in Medieval China Publications: 1) Tea in China: A Religious and Cultural History, University of Hawai‘i Press (2015); 2) Burning for the Buddha: Self-immolation in Chinese Buddhism, University of Hawai‘i Press (2007, paperback 2016); 3) Buddhist Monasticism in East Asia: Places of Practice, edited with Lori Meeks, James Robson, Routledge (2009) Service to the Profession: 1) AAS Program Committee (2015-17); 2) Co-chair (elected), Chinese Religions Group, American Academy of Religion (2009–15); 3) Planning Committee, 2003 Annual Meeting of the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies
Neil J. Diamant
Professor of Asian Law and Society, Political Science, Dickinson College Area of Interest: China, in comparative perspective; Marriage law, constitutional history, civil-military relations, veteran affairs Publications: 1) “What the [Expletive] is a ‘Constitution’? Ordinary Cadres React to the 1954 Draft Constitution in China,” Journal of Chinese History, vol. 2 (2018), 169-90; 2) Embattled Glory: Veterans, Military Families, and the Politics of Patriotism in China, 1949-2007, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield (2009); 3) Revolutionizing the Family: Politics, Love and Divorce in Urban and Rural China, 1949-1968, University of California Press (2000) Service to the Profession: 1) AAS Annual Conference Program Committee (2013-16); 2) National Fulbright Screening Committee for China, Mongolia, Hong Kong and Taiwan (2014-17); 3) Project Director, Freeman Foundation, “Asian Law and Culture” initiative at Dickinson College (2002-06); Luce Foundation, Grant on Environmental Studies in Undergraduate Institutions, Dickinson College (2011-12)
Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies, Divinity School, Harvard University Area of Interest: Tibet, China, Himalayas, India; Tibetan cultural and intellectual history, Buddhist studies Publications: 1) Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet, Columbia University Press (2015); 2) Apparitions of the Self: The Secret Autobiographies of a Tibetan Visionary, Princeton University Press (1998); 3) Women of Tibet, co-edited with Hanna Havnevik, London: Hurst and Co., and New York: Columbia University Press (2005) Service to the Profession: 1) President, International Association of Tibetan Studies (2000-06); 2) Executive Board of Advisors, Tibetan Buddhist Research Center (2001-17); 3) Steering Committee, Tibetan and Himalayan Religions Group, American Academy of Religion (2000-07)
Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Boston University Area of Interest: China; Modern Chinese and comparative literature, visual media and popular culture, transnational queer studies, the novel, the aesthetic of Cold War cultures Publications: 1) Queer Marxism in Two Chinas, Duke University Press (2015); 2) Stateless Subjects: Chinese Martial Arts Literature and Postcolonial History, Cornell East Asia Series (2011); 3) Beyond the Strai(gh)ts: Transnationalism and Queer Chinese Politics, a special issue of positions: East Asia Cultures Critique (18:2), co-edited with Lisa Rofel, Duke University Press (2010) Service to the Profession: 1) Joseph Levenson Book Prize Selection Committee, AAS (2017-19); 2) Editorial Collective, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (2012-present); 3) Standing Review Board Member, Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong (2013-present)
Joanne Smith Finley
Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies, Newcastle University Area of Interest: China; Ethnic, national, religious and global/cosmopolitan identities among the Uyghurs of Xinjiang, strategies of symbolic resistance in Xinjiang (including alternative representations in popular song), the gendering of ethnopolitics in Xinjiang, continuity and change in gender roles among Uyghurs in Xinjiang and the Uyghur diaspora in the dual context of global Islamic revival and PRC state repression of Islam, and potential connections between new ideologies of animal rights and an emergent sense of social/civic responsibility among contemporary urban Chinese youth Publications: 1) The Art of Symbolic Resistance: Uyghur Identities and Uyghur-Han Relations in Contemporary Xinjiang, Leiden: Brill (2013); 2) Language, Education and Uyghur Identity in Urban Xinjiang, ed. with Zang X, Routledge (2015); 3) Situating The Uyghurs between China and Central Asia, ed. with Bellér-Hann I, Cesàro MC, Harris RA Aldershot: Ashgate (2007) Service to the Profession: 1) Organising committee, British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Annual Conference (Oxford University, 2012), local organizer, BACS Annual Conference (Newcastle University, 2014), BACS Council member (2011-14); 2) Co-organiser, Annual Nawruz-Noorus Postgraduate Workshop on Central Asia (Newcastle University, 2013 and 2017); 3) Co-organiser of two international conferences on Uyghur Studies in the UK, both partly funded by AAS-CIAC (2004, 2011)
Patricia M. Thornton
Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Oxford Area of Interest: Chinese politics, PRC history, Chinese Communist Party, social protest, popular contention Publications: 1) To Govern China: Evolving Practices of Power, co-edited with Vivienne Shue, Cambridge University Press (2017); 2) Red Shadows: Memories and Legacies of the Chinese Cultural Revolution (The China Quarterly Special Issues), Cambridge University Press (2017); 3) “The Cultural Revolution as a Crisis of Representation,” The China Quarterly, 224 (Dec 2016): 697-717 Service to the Profession: 1) Executive Committee and Editorial Board, The China Quarterly (Cambridge University Press) SOAS, University of London (2011-present); 2) Editorial Board, The China Journal (University of Chicago Press, 2011-present); 3) Editorial Board, Asian Survey (University of California Press, 2008-12)
Professor of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin Area of Interest: China; Globalization and China, roads, mobility and social change Publications: 1) Roadology: Space, Culture and Roads, Chongqing University Press (2016); 2) Historicizing Online Politics: Telegraphy, the Internet and Political Participation in China, Stanford University Press (2006); 3) Anti-Drug Crusades in Twentieth-Century China: Nationalism, History and State Building, Rowman & Littlefield (1999) Service to the Profession: 1) President, The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (2012); 2) Founder and Chair of Selection Committee, China Fieldwork Fellowships for Graduate Students (2013-present); 3) Director, Center for Anthropological Research, Chongqing University (2012-17)
Northeast Asia Council (NEAC)
Professor, History, Yale University Area of Interest: Japan; Demography, climate, political economy, cultural history Publications: 1) Mabiki: Infanticide and Population Growth in Eastern Japan, 1660-1950, University of California Press (2013); 2) “Hidden in Plain Sight: False Stillbirths and Family Planning in Imperial Japan,” Journal of Economic History 76, no. 3 (2016), pp. 651–696; 3) “The Politics of Migration in Tokugawa Japan: The Eastward Expansion of Shin Buddhism,” Journal of Japanese Studies 42, no. 1 (2016), pp. 1–28 Service to the Profession: 1) Chair, Sharlin Book Prize Committee, Social Science History Association (2016-17); 2) Editorial Board, Social Science History (2015-20)
Joan E. Ericson
Professor of Japanese, Colorado College Area of Interest: Japan; Modern Japanese fiction; childhood in Japanese history; gender, literature and manga; ecocriticism Publications: 1) The Sky Unchanged: Tears and Smiles, co-translator, Tokyo: Kodansha (2014); 2) Manga Botchan, editor, Tokyo: Yumani (2011); 3) Be a Woman: Hayashi Fumiko and Modern Japanese Women's Literature, University of Hawaii Press (1997) Service to the Profession: 1) Chair, Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages, Colorado College (2004-07, 2016-present); 2) President, Association of Teachers of Japanese (2006-09); 3) Board of trustees, Japan International Christian University Foundation (2000-09)
Associate Professor, History, University of Wisconsin-Madison Area of Interest: Korea; Contemporary South Korean history with interests in narratives, memory, and ideology Publications: 1) Youth for Nation: Culture and Protest in Cold War South Korea, University of Hawai‘i Press (2017); 2) “Introduction” with Jungwon Kim, in Beyond Death: The Politics of Suicide and Martyrdom in Korea, edited with Jungwon Kim, Hwasook Nam, and Serk-Bae Suh, University of Washington Press (forthcoming); 3) “Paek Namun,” in Imperatives of Culture: Selected Essays on Korean History, Literature, and Society from the Japanese Colonial Era, edited by Christopher P. Hanscom, Walter K. Lew, and Youngju Ryu, 104-131, University of Hawai’i Press (2013) Service to the Profession: 1) Editorial Board, Studies on Asia: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Asian Studies (2015-present); 2) Manuscript and Proposal Reviewer for: Acta Koreana, Asian Women, Cambridge University Press, Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, Diplomatic History, History Compass, History of Education, Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Korean Studies, Palgrave MacMillan, Radical History Review, Review of Korean Studies, Routledge, Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, and University of Kentucky Press (2009-present); 3) Organizer for AAS panels in 2009 and 2014
Associate Professor, EALC & History Departments; Chair, EALC Department, Indiana University Area of Interest: Japan, East Asia; Japanese environmental history, urban history, global environmental history, history of social science Publications: 1) The Growth Idea: Purpose and Prosperity in Postwar Japan, Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, University of Hawai‘i Press (2009); 2) “The Climatic Dilemmas of Built Environments: Tokyo, Heat Islands and Urban Adaptation,” in Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands: From Prehistory to the Present, ed. Philip Brown and Bruce Batten, 230-45, Oregon State University Press (2015) Service to the Profession: 1) Chair of Steering Committee, 21st Century Japan Politics and Society Initiative, School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University, supported by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (2018-23); 2) Director, East Asia and the Environment Initiative, Indiana University, supported by Freeman Foundation (2009-11); 3) Japan Book Review Consultant to the Editor, American Historical Review, Indiana University (2013-present)
Assistant Professor of Modern Korean Studies, History, Leiden University Area of Interest: Korea, East Asia; Historical interstate relations of East Asia (pre-1900), political economy of drugs Publications: 1) “Long Live the Tributary System! The Future of Studying East Asian Foreign Relations,” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 77, no. 1: 1–20; 2) “The Expansion of Ideal Subjecthood in Chosŏn Korea: Remembering the Monk Yujŏng,” Korean Studies 39, no. 1 (2016): 45–74; 3) “Me, Myself, and My Hegemony: The Work of Making the Chinese World Order a Reality,” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 77, no. 1: 47–72 Service to the Profession: 1) Co-organizer, Beyond Sinosphere II (with Josh Fogel, Melissa Brown, currently), Beyond Sinosphere I (with Kiri Paramore 2017); 2) Organizer, Drugs in Asia workshop (Leiden University 2017); 3) Workshop leader and co-organizer (w/Sankaran Krishna) SSRC InterAsia V, Financialization (Seoul 2016)
Pamela D. Winfield
Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Elon University, NC Area of Interest: Japan, China; Japanese Buddhism (premodern and contemporary), esoteric and Zen Buddhist art and doctrine, religion and visual/material culture, sacred space, religion and the body, religion and healing Publications: 1) “Shinnyo-en and the Formulation of a New Esoteric Iconography,” Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief 15, no. 1 (forthcoming March, 2019); 2) Zen and Material Culture, ed. with Steven Heine, Oxford University Press (2017); 3) Icons and Iconoclasm in Japanese Buddhism: Kūkai and Dōgen on the Art of Enlightenment, Oxford University Press (2013) Service to the Profession: 1) President, Society for the Study of Japanese Religions (SSJR) (2018-21), responsible for organizing two panels annually (1 at AAS and 1 at AAR – the American Academy of Religion annual conference); 2) Co-Chair, Arts, Literature and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion (AAR) (2018-24), responsible for organizing 7-8 panels at AAR annually; 1 panel will be dedicated to Asian arts, literature and religion every year; 3) Book Prize Juror, Association of Asian Studies Southeastern Conference (AAS - SEC) (2016-17)
Professor of History, University of Colorado Boulder Area of Interest: Japan; Early modern Japan, cultural history, history of the family, women and gender studies Publications: 1) The Problem of Women in Early Modern Japan, University of California Press (2016); 2) Mapping Early Modern Japan: Space, Place, and Culture in the Tokugawa Period (1603-1868), University of California Press (2003); 3) “Homemaking as Placemaking: Women in Elite Households in Early Modern Japan and Late Imperial China,” In Peter Perdue, Helen Siu, and Eric Tagliacozzo, eds., Asia Inside Out, Vol II: Place, Harvard University Press (2015), pp. 169-194 Service to the Profession: 1) Lecturer, NEAC Distinguished Speakers’ Bureau, Association for Asian Studies (2015-18); 2) John King Fairbank Book Prize Committee (Member 2015, Chair 2016-17), American Historical Association; 3) President, Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (WCAAS, 1999-2000)
South Asia Council (SAC)
Associate Professor, Anthropology, DePauw University Area of Interest: South Asia, India, Kashmir; Militarization, border studies, occupation, counterinsurgency, environment Publications: 1) Climate without Nature: A Critical Anthropology of the Anthropocene, with Andrew Bauer, Cambridge University Press (2018); 2) Resisting Occupation in Kashmir, co-edited with Haley Duschinski, Ather Zia and Cynthia Mahmood, University of Pennsylvania Press (2018); 3) "States of Occupation: Beyond Self Determination, Sovereignty, and Human Rights," with Haley Duschinski, special issue of The Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law 49(3) Service to the Profession: 1) Co-editor, Himalaya, The Journal of the Association of Nepal and Himalaya Studies (2018-22); 2) Book Prize Committee, Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (2014); 3) Elected column Editor, Association of Political and Legal Anthropology, (responsible for monthly column published in the American Anthropological Association Newsletter and distributed to all members of the AAA 2006-12)
Assistant Professor/Canada Research Chair, History, University of Victoria Area of Interest: South Asia, Global and Inter-Asia; Colonialism, decolonization, literary and cultural history, intellectual history, migrations in the modern world Publications: 1) “India in a World: Dilemmas of Sovereignty,” History and Theory 56, 1 (March 2017): 54-60, a review essay of A. Azfar Moin, The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam (Columbia, 2012); 2) “Religion between Region and Nation: Rezaul Karim, Bengal, and Muslim Politics at the End of Empire,” in Muslims Against the Muslim League: Critiques of the Idea of Pakistan, edited by Meghan Robb and Ali Osman Qasmi, 338-349, Cambridge University Press (2017); 3) Recasting the Region: Language, Culture, and Islam in Colonial Bengal, Oxford University Press (2014) Service to the Profession: 1) President, Society for Advancing the History of South Asia (SAHSA), affiliate of the American Historical Association (2014-16); 2) Convenor, Madison South Asia pre-conference on biography (October, 2016); 3) Referee, Critical Language Scholarship Program, U.S. State Department (2011-14)
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 South Asia, especially 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, published as part of the South Asia Across the Disciplines series, University of California Press (2015, 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); also served on the editorial board of the project's journal, Philological Encounters (2014-present); 3) Selection Committee, John F. Richards Prize in South Asian History, American Historical Association (2018-20)
Sanjay G. Reddy
Associate Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research Area of Interest: South Asia and broader Asian and international comparisons; Political economy of development, comparative economic systems Publications: 1) A Great Transformation? Understanding India’s New Political Economy, co-edited with Sanjay Ruparelia, John Harriss and Stuart Corbridge, Routledge (2011); 2) “The Global Consumption and Income Project: An Overview” with Rahul Lahoti and Arjun Jayadev, Journal of Globalization and Development, Volume 7, Issue 1, (June, 2016); 3) “Chinese Poverty: Assessing the Impact of Alternative Assumptions,” with Camelia Minoiu, Review of Income and Wealth, Series 54, No. 4, (December, 2008) Service to the Profession: 1) Contributing Editor, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME); 2) Editorial Board, Journal of Globalization and Development; 3) Former Co-Academic Director, India-China Institute, The New School
Associate Professor of Politics; Faculty Advisor, India China Institute, New School for Social Research Area of Interest: India, South Asia, China; Modern Indian politics, political leadership, strategy and judgment, courts, electoral politics and social movements, economic development, social welfare and foreign policy Publications: 1) Divided We Govern: Coalition Politics in Modern India, London: Hurst & Co (2015), Delhi and New York: Oxford University Press (2015); 2) Understanding India’s New Political Economy: A Great Transformation? co-edited, Routledge (2011); 3) The Indian Ideology: Three Responses to Perry Anderson, editor, Ranikhet: Permanent Black (2015) Service to the Profession: 1) Chair and organizer of panels at Annual Conference of South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009-11, 2014, 2016, 2018) and Association of Asian Studies (2012), and major conferences at Columbia University (2002-04, 2008) and the New School (2012); 2) External reviewer of manuscripts on South Asia for Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Constellations, Contemporary South Asia, Governance, History & Sociology of South Asia, Journal of Development Studies, Pacific Affairs, Social History, Sociological Inquiry, Studies in Indian Politics, Theoria, World Politics, as well as Hurst & Company, Georgetown University Press, Oxford University Press and Routledge; 3) Editorial Associate, Constellations
Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, Asian Studies, and Politics, Rice University Area of Interest: South Asia, Middle East; Women's feminist and religious activism, socio-economic history, Islam and politics, transnational history Publications: 1) Gender and Economics in Muslim Communities: Critical Feminist and Postcolonial Analyses, ed. with Ebru Kongar and Jennifer Olmsted, Routledge (2018); 2) “Gender and Democratic Politics in Bangladesh,” in Handbook on Gender in South Asia, edited by Leela Fernandes, Routledge UK (2014); 3) Reshaping the Holy: Development, Democracy, and Muslim Women in Bangladesh, Columbia University Press (2008) Service to the Profession: 1) Associate Editor (South and Central Asia), Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (Brill, 2008 –present); 2) Advisory Committee, Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School (2014-present); 3) Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Fellowship Selection Committee, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (2017-present)
Megan Adamson Sijapati
Chairperson and Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Gettysburg College Area of Interest: South Asia, the Himalayas, Nepal; Contemporary Islam and Muslim cultures, religious revivalism, violence and non-violence, the body, Hindu traditions, religion and modernity Publications: 1) Islamic Revival in Nepal: Religion and a New Nation, Routledge (2011, paperback and South Asia editions, 2012, 2013); 2) Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya, co-edited with Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, Routledge (2016); 3) “Muslim Belonging in Hindu South Asia: Ambivalence and Difference in Nepali Public Discourses,” Society and Culture in South Asia 3, no. 2 (August 2017): 198-219 Service to the Profession: 1) Executive Board, South Asian Muslim Studies Association (2016-present); 2) Executive Council, Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (2009-2013)
Southeast Asia Council (SEAC)
Associate Professor, Southeast Asian Studies, Cornell University Area of Interest: Southeast Asia (secondarily: West, South, Central, and East Asia through the lens of religious connections); History of Islam in Southeast Asia, religious minorities, ideas of modernity, genealogies of academic fields, Inter-Asian connections Publications: 1) “Islamic Studies or Asian Studies? Islam in Southeast Asia,” The Muslim World, 106 (4): 696-718 (2016); 2) “Violence, Sectarianism, and the Politics of Religion: Articulations of anti-Shi’a Discourses in Indonesia,” Indonesia, 98 (October 2014): 1-27; 3) Islam and the Making of the Nation: Kartosuwiryo and Political Islam in 20th Century Indonesia, Leiden: KITLV; University of Hawai’i Press (2012) Service to the Profession: 1) Secretary, American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) (2018-19); 2) Editorial Board, Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) Publications, Cornell University Press (2016-present); 3) Associate Director, Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC), City University of Hong Kong (2013-14)
Professor, Chair of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Victoria Area of Interest: Southeast Asia, Indonesia; Religion, media, performance, critical theory Publications: 1) More Than Words: Transforming Script, Agency and Collective Life in Bali, Cornell University Press (2018); 2) The Materiality and Efficacy of Balinese Letters: Situating Scriptural Practices, ed. with Annette Hornbacher, Leiden: Brill (2016); 3) Critical Reflections on Religion and Media in Contemporary Bali, Leiden: Brill (2011) Service to the Profession: 1) Chair, Indonesia and Timor-Leste Studies Committee, Association for Asian Studies (2015-18); 2) Co-chair, Religion in Southeast Asia Program Unit, American Academy of Religions (2014-18); 3) Founding Editor, Heidelberg Ethnology, https://journals.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/index.php/hdethn (2014-18)
Assistant Professor, History, Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Area of Interest: Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma/Myanmar), East Asia (China, Korea); Cold War studies, nationalism and nation-building, ethnic minority and borderland, Thailand political history, police and policing, military politics and national security Publications: 1) “Mae Fah Luang: Princess Mother’s Royal Project with the Thai Border Patrol Police during the Cold War,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 48:2 (June 2017): 262-282; 2) “Missionaries of Royalist Nationalism: Transformations of the Thai Border Patrol Police during the Cold War,” in Policing Colonial Empires: Cases and Connections, Nineteenth-Twentieth Century, edited by Emmanuel Blanchard, Marieke Bloembergen and Amandine Lauro, Brussels: PIE-Peter Lang (2017); 3) “Building a Human Border: The Thai Border Patrol Police School Project in the Post-Cold War Era,” Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 29:2 (July 2014): 332-363 Service to the Profession: 1) Organizer and presenter of several panels in the AAS, AAS-in-Asia, and MCAA conferences (2011-17); 2) Co-organized Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research, George Washington University (2013); 3) Co-founder and coordinator of the Southeast Asian Researchers Group (SEARG) Meeting, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2006-08)
Erik Martinez Kuhonta
Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University Area of Interest: Southeast Asia, especially Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia; Political development, state formation, political parties, democratization, political economy, religion Publications: 1) The Institutional Imperative: The Politics of Equitable Development in Southeast Asia, Stanford University Press (2011); 2) Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region, and Qualitative Analysis, co-edited with Dan Slater and Tuong Vu, Stanford University Press (2008); 3) Party System Institutionalization In Asia: Democracies, Autocracies, and the Shadows of the Past, co-edited with Allen Hicken, Cambridge University Press (2015) Service to the Profession: 1) President, Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies (2017-19); 2) Chair, Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei Studies Group, Association for Asian Studies (2009-12); 3) Editorial Board Member, Asian Journal of Political Science (2011-present)
Samson W. Lim
Assistant Professor, History, Singapore University of Technology and Design Area of Interest: Southeast Asia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore; History of capitalism, history of technology, visual cultural studies, city planning and urban development Publications: 1) Siam's New Detectives: Visualizing Crime and Conspiracy in Modern Thailand, University of Hawaii Press (2016); 2) “Murder! in Thailand’s Vernacular Press,” Journal of Asian Studies 73.2 (May 2014): 359-376; 3) “Photography and Forgery in Early Twentieth Century Thailand,” Technology and Culture (forthcoming) Service to the Profession: 1) Peer reviewer for articles in Modern Asian Studies, Technology and Culture, Thammasat University Journal of History, and Sojourn
Associate Professor, Anthropology, Seton Hall University Area of Interest: Southeast Asia, Philippines, Japan; Indigenous peoples of S. Mindanao, textiles, material culture, transnational ethnicity and identity, Bagobo Nikkeijin Publications: 1) “The Color Purple: Indigenous Weavers, Heritage Cloth, and Plural Cosmopolitanism in Practice,” chapter in Rethinking Cosmopolitanism: Tourism and Tourists in a Post-Hegelian Age, edited by Robert Shepherd, Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 139-161 (2017); 2) “Racial Inequalities and the Assessment of Intelligence: A Brief Historical and Interdisciplinary View” co-authored with Lisa Suzuki, chapter in Structural Inequalities in Everyday Life: New Politics of Race in Groups, Organizations, and Social Systems, edited by Ellen Short and Leo Wilton, Charlotte, NC: Information Age pp. 241-260 (2016); 3) “Dressing the Lumad Body: Indigenous Peoples and the Development Discourse in Mindanao,” in Humanities Diliman vol. 9, no. 2, July-December 2012, pp. 32-57 Service to the Profession: 1) Chair, Philippine Studies Group (AAS SEAC Committee 2012-17); 2) Jury/selection committee, Translations Project Group, SEAC (2014-15); 3) Selection committee, A.L. Becker Southeast Asian Literature in Translation Prize, AAS (2015)
Eric C. Thompson
Associate Professor, Anthropology/Sociology, National University of Singapore Area of Interest: Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia; Rural Asia, agrarian transitions, urbanism, migration and transnationalism, gender, ASEAN regionalism Publications: 1) “From Sex Tourist to Son-in-Law: Emergent Masculinities and Transient Subjectivities among Farang Men in Thailand,” with Pattana Kitiarsa and Suriya Smutkupt, Current Anthropology 57(1):53-71 (2016); 2) Do Young People Know ASEAN? Update of a Ten-Nation Survey, with M. Thuzar and C. Thainthai, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (2016); 3) Southeast Asian Anthropologies: National Traditions and Transnational Practices, ed. with Vineeta Sinha, Singapore: NUS Press (forthcoming 2018) Service to the Profession: 1) Chair (2016-18) and Deputy Chair (2013-15), Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies; 2) Program Chair, AAS-in-Asia Conference, Singapore (2014); 3) Editor, Asian Journal of Social Science (2015 to present)
Council of Conferences (COC)
Professor, History, Pacific Union College Area of Interest: Japan, U.S.; Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Asia-Pacific War, U.S.-Japanese Relations Publications: 1) “Occupying the ‘Vacuum’: Conflicting Interpretations of Christianity in Post-War Japan,” The Journal of Social Science No. 64, Social Science Research Institute at International Christian University, Tokyo (March 2008); 2) “ ‘Divine’ Intervention: American Religious Narratives of the Atomic Bombings, the End of the Pacific War, and the Allied Occupation,” The Journal of Social Science No. 60 COE Special Edition, Social Science Research Institute at International Christian University, Tokyo (March 2007) Service to the Profession: 1) Member-at-large, ASPAC, (2015-present); 2) Mori-ASPAC Prize Committee (2017-Present); 3) Rank and Tenure Committee, Pacific Union College (2010-14)
Professor, Political Science, California State University, Northridge Area of Interest: Japan, East Asia; Japanese foreign policy, Japanese politics, international norms, security in East Asia, politics of memory, democracy and democratization in East Asia Publications: 1) Japan: The Paradox of Harmony, with M. Warschauer, Yale University Press (2014); 2) Norms, Interests, and Power in Japanese Foreign Policy, edited with Y. Sato, Palgrave Macmillan (2008); 3) Civil Society in Japan: The Growing Role of NGOs in Tokyo's Aid and Development Policy, Palgrave Macmillan (2002) Service to the Profession: 1) Vice President, Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) (2017-present); 2) Co-Chair, Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) Annual Conference, California State University, Northridge (June 2016); 3) Chair, Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Committee, California State University, Northridge (2016-present)
Kristen D. Parris
Associate Professor, Political Science, Western Washington University Area of Interest: China; Local and neighborhood governance, state society relations Publications: 1) “All Roads Lead to Rome: Autonomy, Political Connections and Organizational Strategies of NGOs in China,” with Chengcheng Song and Wang Shicong, China: An International Journal, 13:3 (December 2015); 2) “Transforming State through Community: A View from Zhejiang,” in Yu Jianxing and Guo Sujian, eds. Civil Society and Governance in China, Palgrave McMillan (2012); 3) “Bianjiang yizhou, yiwei waiguo ren jian shihezihe,” (One Week on the Frontier Yang chadui, (An Outsider Journeys to the Hinterland). Also published in English as “One week on the Frontier: Shizihe as a Frontier Town” (Beijing: Wuzhou chuanbanchu chubanshe, 2010) Service to the Profession: 1) Board President, Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) (2017-18); 2) Vice President, ASPAC (2016-17); 3) Conference Organizer, ASPAC (2014)
Bradley Camp Davis
Associate Professor, History, Eastern Connecticut State University Area of Interest: Vietnam, Chinese Borderlands, Southeast Asia and East Asia Transnational; Banditry, environmental history, race and ethnicity, animal studies, translation Publications: 1) “Between Nation and Ethnos: Genealogies of Dân Tộc in Vietnamese Contexts,” in Histories of Anthropology Annual: Volume 11 – Historicizing Theories, Identities, and Nations, edited by Regna Darnell and Frederic W. Gleach, University of Nebraska Press (2017); 2) Imperial Bandits: Outlaws and Rebels in the China-Vietnam Borderlands, University of Washington Press (2017); 3) “The Production of Peoples: Imperial Ethnography and the Changing Conception of Uplands Space in Nineteenth Century Vietnam,” The Asia-Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 16:4, (August 2015) Service to the Profession: 1) Co-organizer (with K. Sivaramakrishnan, Brian Lander, John Lee, and Ian H. Miller) for conference on “The Wood Age in Asia,” Agrarian Studies Program, Yale University (September 2018); 2) Co-organizer (with Peter Zarrow) for workshop on “Nation, Race, and Survival: Transnational Discourse and Activism in the Construction of the East Asian Modern,” University of Connecticut (September 2017); 3) Founding Investigator and Advisor for the Yao Script Project, Vietnam (2007-present)
Associate Professor of East Asian Literature and Culture, Brandeis University Area of Interest: Japan, China, Taiwan; Early modern and modern Japanese literature, Sinitic literature, travel literature Publications: 1) Plucking Chrysanthemums: Narushima Ryūhoku and Sinitic Literary Traditions in Modern Japan, Harvard University Asia Center (2016); 2) New Chronicles of Yanagibashi & Diary of a Journey to the West: Narushima Ryūhoku Reports From Home and Abroad, Cornell University East Asia Series (2010); 3) “Songs of the Righteous Spirit: ‘Men of High Purpose’ and their Chinese Poetry in Modern Japan,” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 69:1 (June 2009), pp. 109–171 Service to the Profession: 1) Executive Committee, Japanese to 1900 Forum, Modern Language Association (2016–present); 2) Program Committee, Modern Language Association (2013–15); 3) Selection Committee, SSRC Japan Advisory Board (2013-15)
Professor, Comparative Literature, Tufts University Area of Interest: China; Modern Chinese literature and culture Publications: 1) Revolution and Its Narratives: China’s Socialist Literary and Cultural Imaginaries, 1949-1966, co-editor and co-translator with Rebecca Karl, Duke University Press (2016); 2) Debating Socialist Legacy and Globalization in China: Essays by Contemporary Chinese Critics, co-editor with Ban Wang, Palgrave (2014); 3) Mainstream Culture Refocused: Television Drama, Society, and the Production of Meaning in the Reform Era China, University of Hawaii Press (2010) Service to the Profession: 1) Symposium organizer, “Revolutions in the Twentieth Century: 1917, 1949, and After,” Tufts University (October 2017); 2) Leading member of the steering committee on “Culture and Modernity: The Chinese Case” (alternately known as “Culture and Modernity in China: Re-theorizing Culture in the Age of Radical Social and Economic Transformation” (a multi-year and multi-institution project involving six separate symposia at Chinese universities (2003-present)
Normally WCAAS also would be included on the ballot, but due to a tie vote three years ago, the conference decided at that time to have the two winning candidates split COC representation for two terms (six years). They will nominate again in 2021.