March 2019 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to AAS Members Sheena Chestnut Greitens (University of Missouri), Joshua Hill (Ohio University), William Norris (Texas A&M University), Suzanne Scoggins (Clark University), and Kristin Vekasi (University of Maine), who are among the 20 scholars named as 2019 National Asia Research Fellows by the Institute for National Strategic Studies and National Bureau of Asian Research.


AAS Member Tamara T. Chin (Brown University) has received a 2019-20 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.


Nine AAS Members have been selected as fellows in the sixth cohort of the Public Intellectuals Program at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Congratulations to Jude Blanchette (Crumpton Group), Keisha Brown (Tennessee State University), Iza Ding (University of Pittsburgh), Diana Fu (University of Toronto), Arunabh Ghosh (Harvard University), Kelly Hammond (University of Arkansas), Yingyi Ma (Syracuse University), Tabitha Grace Mallory (China Ocean Institute), and Christian Sorace (Colorado College).


We are pleased to announce that Chad Westra (University of Michigan) is the winner of our 2019 Member-Get-A-Member Sweepstakes! Chad will enjoy a complimentary three-night stay at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel during AAS 2019. Thanks to all the AAS Members who participated in this year’s sweepstakes!


Following AAS 2019 in Denver, several members of the #AsiaNow roundtable on “Arts Under Military Occupation” will speak at a related event in New York. On Wednesday, March 27, the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University will present “Arts in Contested Political and Cultural Terrains, Asia,” in collaboration with the AAS and the Asian Cultural Council.  

The full conference program is available online and can also be accessed via the mobile app. Conference highlights include:

We are pleased to offer financial support—a maximum of $250 per family—on a reimbursement basis to panel participants in need of professional childcare services during the conference in Denver. Funds are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so please contact the AAS as soon as possible to express your interest in this program. More information and contact information is available at the conference website.

Deceased Asianists

Thomas T. Allsen (1940-2019), historian of Eurasia and the Mongol empire at The College of New Jersey. Obituary via the Central Eurasian Studies Society.

Donald Keene (1922-2019), scholar and translator of Japanese literature at Columbia University. Obituary via the Washington Post.

Joseph E. Schwartzberg (1928-2018), geographer of South Asia at the University of Minnesota. Obituary via the Star Tribune (Minnesota).

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