The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC)

The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) is one of four regional councils operating within the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Created in 1970, these councils represent the interests of scholars working in their respective geographical areas.

Collectively, the four area councils and the Council of Conferences serve as the major policy body for the Association of Asian Studies, providing liaison between the Board of Directors and the members at large.

NEAC administers two grant programs: the Japan Studies Grants and Korean Studies Grants, and a Distinguished Speakers Bureau of Japan and Korea senior scholars able to give presentations at American colleges and universities.

NEAC administers the John Whitney Hall Book Prize, given annually to the author of an outstanding English-language book on Japan and the James B. Palais Prize, given annually to an outstanding scholar of Korean studies from any discipline or country specialization.

ATTN STUDENTS: NEAC administers a prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the AAS Annual Conference.

NEAC Council Members

Chair: Karen Nakamura, Yale University, karen.nakamura@yale.edu

Karen Nakamura, Yale University, karen.nakamura@yale.edu

Abe Mark Nornes, University of Michigan, amnornes@umich.edu

Julia Adeney Thomas, University of Notre Dame, thomasjna@aol.com

Helen Hardacre, Harvard University, hardacre@fas.harvard.edu

Laura Hein, Northwestern University, l-hein@northwestern.edu

Theodore Hughes, Columbia University, th2150@columbia.edu

Amy Borovoy, Princeton University, aborovoy@princeton.edu

Steven Ericson, Dartmouth College, steven.ericson@dartmouth.edu

Eleana Kim, UC-Irvine, eleana.kim@uci.edu

Donald Baker, UBC, don.baker@ubc.ca (ex-officio)

NEAC Committees

Committee on Korean Studies
Chair: Donald Baker, UBC, don.baker@ubc.ca

Early Modern Japan Network (Publisher of Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal)
Philip C. Brown, Department of History, Ohio State University, brown.113@osu.edu

AAS Affiliated Groups Related to NEAC


The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies recently held its 2015 competition for the best paper on a Korea or Japan topic presented by a graduate student at the AAS Annual Conference in Chicago.

This annual prize recognizes emerging scholarship in the field and fosters intellectual exchange among junior and senior scholars. Consideration was given to papers that have clear potential to be developed into publishable journal articles. An award of $400 and a certificate will be presented at the 2016 AAS Conference in Seattle. The Northeast Asia Council of the AAS will also provide a sum of up to $600 to the winner of the prize to partially cover the cost of his or her travel to the 2016 AAS Seattle Conference, where the winner will be recognized at the AAS Presidential Address/Awards Ceremony.

The deadline for submission of papers was March 29, 2015. Should you have any questions, please contact Prof. George Kallander, glkallan@maxwell.syr.edu.

The winner of the 2015 AAS NEAC Graduate Student Paper Prize will be announced in March 2016 at the 2016 AAS Annual Conference Presidential Address & Awards Ceremony in Seattle.

The 2014 AAS Conference NEAC Graduate Student Paper Prize winner was Hyeseon Jeong (Ohio State University; Geography and WGSS) for her paper titled, "Giving to Belong: South Korea's 'Graduation from Aid.'"