April 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to the AAS Members recently awarded fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Nile Green (University of California, Los Angeles), Martin Kern (Princeton University), Thomas S. Mullaney (Stanford University), Christian Lee Novetzke (University of Washington), Nicolas Tackett (University of California, Berkeley), and Archana Venkatesan (University of California, Davis).


AAS Members Maggie Clinton (Middlebury College) and Mitra Sharafi (University of Wisconsin-Madison) have received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support their research. Clinton’s project is entitled “Power and Petroleum in China and the Western Pacific, 1870-Present,” while Sharafi is investigating “Fear of the False: Forensic Science in Colonial India, 1856-1947.”


Congratulations are extended to AAS Members Erik Harms (Yale University) and Thomas S. Mullaney (Stanford University), who received New Directions Fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


The International Studies Association has bestowed its 2018 Best Book Award on Dictators and Their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence, by AAS Member Sheena Chestnut Greitens (University of Missouri).


We extend a welcome to the newest affiliate organization of the AAS, the Association of Chinese Political Studies (ACPS). ACPS publishes the Journal of Chinese Political Science and holds an annual conference; please see the 2018 call for papers at their website.


Authors who would like to submit their works to the next round of AAS book prize competitions are invited to consult the eligibility guidelines, submission instructions, and deadlines now posted at the association website. These prizes will be awarded at the 2019 annual conference in Denver, Colorado.


The AAS has opened a search for its next Executive Director, who is expected to take up the position in early 2019. We request that all applicants submit their materials by April 25, 2018; full details are available here.


Many regional AAS conferences are currently accepting proposals for their 2018 meetings:

Submit a proposal to the New York Conference on Asian Studies by May 1 for its September 21-22 meeting at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

• The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs will meet at Metropolitan State University (St. Paul, MN) on October 19-20 and has set a deadline of April 16 for paper and panel proposals.

• The Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies will hold its 2018 conference, on the theme of “Asia in the World,” at Soka University in Orange County, California on October 19-20. Submit a proposal by June 30; proposal types include individual papers, full panels/roundtables, and undergraduate poster sessions.

• The Southwest Conference on Asian Studies will convene its annual meeting on October 19-20, at Baylor University in Waco, TX and is accepting individual paper and panel proposals until June 30.

Deceased Asianists

Hisao “Mat” Matsumoto, former Asian Division librarian at the Library of Congress. Obituary via Washington Post.

Alan Romberg, former State Department official and co-director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center. Obituary via Washington Post.

We welcome submissions for the AAS Member News & Notes column, so please forward material for consideration to mcunningham@asian-studies.org. Please note that we do not publish book announcements in this space; new books by AAS Members will be announced on the association’s Twitter feed (@AASAsianStudies) and Facebook page (@AASAsianStudies).