I stepped into the role of AAS Executive Director in April 2019 after ten years in Korea where I was an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Korean Music and Associate Dean of Students in Seoul National University’s College of Music. My role at AAS includes being the conduit for communications with and between boards, committees, administrative staff, and the membership of the Association. I both oversee and engage in teamwork with our wonderful staff in handling conferences, finances, publications, and membership, as well as work with our staff and the Board of Directors in developing and implementing policies, programs, and strategic initiatives. For over twenty years, my academic work has centered on Korean music with a recent focus on the roles of women in sustaining traditional expressive culture in the southwest of Korea. I spend time away from the Secretariat working on academic publication, creative writing and translation projects, as well as engaging in musical practice on the violin/fiddle and haegŭm. Please feel free to contact me anytime.
Conference and Event Coordinator
Hello. As the Conference and Event Coordinator, my role provides support to the conference manager with logistics and planning related to the annual conference, along with helping support other AAS meetings and events, as needed. Before joining the association, I spent over 15 years working in marketing, public relations, and communications in non-profit organizations. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, spending time with my family and taking long walks with my puppy, Simon. If you have any questions related to the AAS annual conference or meetings, please feel free to contact me.
Maura Elizabeth Cunningham
Digital Media Manager
My name is Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, and I’ve been the Digital Media Manager at the AAS since 2016. My affiliation with the association, however, began a decade before I started working here: I joined the AAS as a student member back in 2006, and I also worked as the Journal of Asian Studies editorial assistant while earning my PhD in modern Chinese history at the University of California, Irvine. At the Secretariat, my days are filled with posting to the AAS social media accounts, editing the #AsiaNow blog, and overseeing the association’s online presence. Please email me anytime if you have questions, comments, or suggestions about any of those areas. I’m also always happy to speak with AAS members who are interested in exploring non-traditional academic careers, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you’d like to discuss that topic!
Accounts and Development Coordinator
Hello—I’m Lisa, and my main tasks are being the accounting assistant, the Education About Asia subscription coordinator, and the accounts receivable person. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding travel reimbursements, grant payments, A/R issues, or anything to do with an EAA subscription. I also handle some development duties, so you can contact me for anything to do with donations. I’m the backup for membership or the job board if those staff members aren’t available.
Hello! My name is Doreen Ilozor. I have been welcoming to the AAS all those interested in the field of Asian Studies since 2006. As Membership Manager, I am happy to assist you with AAS member benefits. I have a Bachelor of Social Science–Asian Studies from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Arts in Communication Management from University of Technology, Sydney. I have worked in marketing and PR for large corporations (IBM and Hilton) in several Asian countries, at Geelong Grammar School in Australia, and for the City of Hampton, Virginia Parks and Recreation before joining the AAS Secretariat. It is always a pleasure to meet members in person at the AAS Annual Conference. Be sure to email your queries and suggestions, or just say hello when you attend the annual conference.
As conference manager, I am responsible for all logistics and planning related to the annual conference, including speaker and exhibitor management, the program committee, and the content on the AAS conference website. In addition, I handle the call for proposals for AAS-in-Asia conferences and serve as liaison for the AAS-in-Asia program and local planning committees. My background includes a M.S. in Hospitality & Tourism Management (Roosevelt University) and a B.A. in Communications (University of Michigan). I am a member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and have a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation. Please contact me if you have any general questions regarding AAS meetings and events.
Chief Financial Officer
Hi. I’m Alicia. I provide financial oversight and guidance related to all AAS programs, publications, grants, prizes, development initiatives, councils, and committees. If you need to verify financial procedures or requirements, I’m the one to contact. I staff the AAS Travel Stipend booth/counter at each year’s AAS Annual Conference and can help anyone awarded an AAS (or AAS council or committee) travel grant or prize to receive their awarded funds. If your inquiry is something better handled by our AAS Accounting Assistant or Council Grants Coordinator, I’ll let you know. My goal is to resource you so that you can make informed financial decisions, as well as receive the travel support or grant funding you have been awarded. There are no bad financial questions! And if you want to talk gardening, trees, or bird watching, I’m all ears . . . .
Hello! As AAS Publications Manager, I am responsible for publications production at the AAS Secretariat in Ann Arbor. I moved to Michigan from my hometown of Manchester, England, the year that Bill Clinton became U.S. president and joined AAS the year that the U.S. hosted the World Cup (i.e., it’s been a few years!). I love books, movies, music (60s and 70s rock to punk to post-punk/new wave to “the next best band going” and back again!) and soccer (an avid Manchester United fan since 1976). If you are looking for information about our book series—ASIA SHORTS, KEY ISSUES IN ASIAN STUDIES, or ASIA PAST & PRESENT—or about our classroom/teaching journal, EDUCATION ABOUT ASIA, please e-mail me, visit the Publications section of the AAS website, or call me. And if you attend the AAS conference, be sure to stop by the AAS Publications booth to say hello.
Advertising and Marketing Manager
Konnichiwa! I am Jenna Yoshikawa, Advertising and Marketing Manager at the Association for Asian Studies. Being a native Guamanian of mixed Asian-European heritage whose first plane ride was before I could hold my neck up, I grew up appreciating the diverse cultures of the world. I have adventured through most of Asia and have enjoyed every minute. When you “do as the locals do,” Asia is an exciting place with aromatic food and intriguing infrastructures. With a resume that ranges from hospitality to marketing, I utilize my work experience to creatively promote the study of Asian Studies internationally through advertising and marketing. At AAS, I am also responsible for third-party advertising, e-flyer communications, AAS Job Board, and all graphic design tasks.
MEDIA INQUIRIES: Please contact the Executive Director, Hilary Finchum-Sung.