AAS NEAC Hall Book Prize Competition

The Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies announces the competition for the 25th annual John Whitney Hall Book Prize to be awarded in 2019 for an outstanding English language book published on Japan during 2017.

The Prize, named to honor the distinguished scholar, John Whitney Hall, carries with it a $1,000 award for the author. Books nominated for the Prize in this competition must bear a 2017 copyright date. Books nominated may address either contemporary or historical topics in any field of the humanities or the social sciences. Translations from Japanese into English are eligible only if they include a substantial introduction, annotation, and critical apparatus. Reference works, exhibition catalogs, multi-authored collections of essays, textbooks, original poetry or fiction, memoirs, or autobiographies are not eligible. Authors need not be members of the AAS. Nominations must be made by publishers (trade publishers or university presses). Nominations are not accepted from authors. Publishers are allowed to submit no more than two nominations and must notify the Prize Committee Chair in writing of their intent to submit by June 30, 2018. Presses must also send one copy of each work nominated, clearly labeled “John Whitney Hall Prize Nomination” to each of the Prize Committee members by JUNE 30, 2018.


Hall Prize Committee
  • Kären Wigen (Chair), Stanford University, Department of History, Lane History Corner, Rm. 113, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
  • Karen Thornber, Harvard University Asia Center, CGIS South S222, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Alan Tansman, University of California, Berkeley, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, 3413 Dwinelle, Berkeley, CA 94720

This year’s John Whitney Hall Book Prize will be presented at the 2019 AAS Annual Conference next spring.