Meet the Journal of Asian Studies Editor

Session 1 in the Summer 2022 “Meet the Editor” Series

Play the video above to access our recent Digital Dialogue session with Joseph S. Alter, editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, to learn about the preparation of manuscripts for submission and the peer review process. Alter begins the session with a brief overview of points that are outlined in a short document entitled “Guidelines for Publishing in the Journal of Asian Studies,” which you may access below. This document is designed to address many common questions that relate to publishing and to highlight key points that are especially relevant as you consider submitting your work to the JAS. The session was structured around questions participants were invited to submit in advance of the event. These range from the practical and procedural to broader concerns about how the field of Asian Studies is changing, and how to conceptualize your work in relation to changes in academia more broadly.

Joseph S. Alter

Joseph S. Alter is editor of the Journal of Asian Studies and professor of anthropology and director of the Asian Studies Center, one of several U.S. Department of Education National Resource Centers, at the University of Pittsburgh. Born and raised in the town of Mussoorie in the Indian Himalayas, Alter attended Woodstock School before coming to the United States for college. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and is a scholar of South Asia whose research interests include health, medicine, gender, nationalism, and sport. He is author of numerous journal articles and book chapters as well as several books, including The Wrestler’s Body: Identity and Ideology in North India (University of California Press, 1992), Knowing Dil Das: Stories of a Himalayan Hunter (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999), and Moral Materialism: Sex and Masculinity in Modern India (Penguin Random House India, 2011). Alter teaches courses in medical anthropology as well as Asian Studies and is the academic director of the “Pitt in the Himalayas” study-abroad program.