Membership FAQ’s

For questions regarding membership, please read the section below, visit the AAS Membership page, or contact AAS Membership Manager, Doreen Ilozor, at

How much does an individual membership cost?

The AAS has a graduated membership scale. As a non-profit association, we rely on the graduated dues system to help partially subsidize dues for younger or more impoverished members, who are not yet established in their careers or unable to afford normal dues levels.

How long does an AAS membership last?

All AAS membership types last a minimum of one year; some categories may be purchased for a two- or three-year term. All memberships expire on the anniversary date. To ensure no disruption of benefits, members are encouraged to renew membership before the membership expires.
Members who join for two or three years enjoy a 10% discount.

May I make my membership retroactive?

No. An AAS membership is made active when your payment is processed, and we are unable to backdate memberships or send back issues of the print Journal of Asian Studies.

Who can apply for a Student Membership?

The Student category is designated for full-time students with genuinely low incomes. In order for processing to occur, please attach to the online membership form proof of current student status, such as:

  • current enrollment form
  • tuition bill
  • image of student ID with date (A student card that is valid for several years does not indicate current student status, please provide additional proof)

You may also email this information to AAS Membership Manager, Doreen Ilozor, at


  • A personal statement of student status or quoting a student number does not suffice.
  • AAS significantly subsidizes this level of membership and allows members to remain at this level for a maximum of seven years.
  • Students are to be engaged in studies that will result in a university degree.
  • Individuals who already have earned a doctoral degree may not join at the Student category.
  • Only Student members will be able to register for the AAS Annual Conference at the discounted Student rate.
Does the AAS offer refunds for membership?

An AAS membership is non-refundable and not transferable. Membership may be canceled by contacting AAS Membership Manager, Doreen Ilozor, at The AAS does not offer refunds for canceled memberships.

Is there a Member Directory?

Yes. The AAS Member Directory is only available online. The online Member Directory is available to AAS members via their MyAAS account menu and includes Individual Members only.

When will I receive the Journal of Asian Studies?

You will begin to receive your print version of the Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) after your membership has been activated. The JAS is published in February, May, August, and November of each year. Back issues cannot be mailed as part of your membership; however, they may be ordered directly from Cambridge University Press. All articles from the JAS are available for free to all current AAS members via their MyAAS membership portal.

How do I access the Journal of Asian Studies?

Online access to the Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) is available to all current AAS members. Once you log into your profile via MyAAS, select the “Access the Journal of Asian Studies” link. This will open the Cambridge University Press website. There is no need to register or log into Cambridge’s site once you reach this page. Simply scroll down the page, and select the article(s) from the latest JAS. Older issues are available via the “All Issues” link. All issues of JAS published since 1941 (Volume 1) are available online to current members.

How can I obtain a copy of the Journal of Asian Studies?

Anyone wishing to purchase single copy back issues of the Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) from 2000 to present (from volume 59 and on) should contact:

  • For customers in the U.S., Canada or Mexico: Cambridge University Press, Customer Services Department (Journals), 100 Brook Hill Drive, West Nyack, NY 10994-2133; Phone: 1-800-872-7423 or (845) 353-7500; Fax: (845) 353-4141; E-Mail:
  • Elsewhere: Cambridge University Press, Customer Services Department (Journals), The Edinburgh Building, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 2RU, England; Tel +44 (0) 1223 326070; Fax: +44 (0) 1223 235150; E-Mail:

Back issue prices are $55 for North American customers (US/Canada/Mexico) and £32 + VAT for customers elsewhere.

AAS members may access the online Journal of Asian Studies (JAS) via the MyAAS portal.

What is an Associate Membership?

Associate memberships are available to a spouse of a regular AAS member whose membership is current during the same time frame, and the fee paid by the regular member is based on the higher income of the two. At this discounted rate, Associate members will be able to register for the AAS Annual Conference at the member rate. Associate members will have access to the MyAAS portal.

Do you publish news about AAS member achievements or awards?

Yes! The AAS encourages its members to inform us of achievements or awards for inclusion in “Member News & Notes” posts at the #AsiaNow blog. Items for these posts should be sent to Maura Elizabeth Cunningham at

Please note, “Member News” posts do not include announcements of new books published by members. We are happy to share book announcements via the AAS Twitter account; information about books should be sent to Maura Elizabeth Cunningham at the email address above. Members are also encouraged to have their publisher send a copy of their new book to the Journal of Asian Studies for review.

Why can I not have my family name listed first on my mailing label?

The AAS database has one field for a member’s first name, and one field for family name. For consistency, all members are listed “First Name,” then “Family Name.” The AAS apologizes for any inconvenience; however, we cannot change the order of names on mailing labels.

Do other presses offer discounts to AAS Members?


Cambridge University Press:

AAS members may call Cambridge University Press to receive a 25% discount on books. This does not apply to online purchases. In North America, members should call 1-800-872-7423 or 1-845-353-7500. Outside North America, members should call +44 (0)1223 326070.

Columbia University Press:

Columbia University Press is offering a discount of 20% on all AAS and Columbia University Press display titles. To take advantage of this limited time offer, use the code AAS2020 at checkout.

MIT Press:

MIT Press publications offers 30% discount on its publications. Use discount code MAAS30 when prompted during checkout at to receive 30% off any listed book. Use discount code ZAAS30 when prompted during checkout at to receive 30% off individual subscriptions to Asian Development Review and Asian Economic Papers.

University of California Press:

University of California Press publications offers 30% discount on its publications. Use discount code 18W8207 when prompted during checkout at to receive 30% off any listed book.

Where can I get a copy of my receipt?

Receipts are available online as soon as membership is paid. Copies of previous payments are available to view after logging in, and are located under “Recent Orders” of your User Account.

More Questions?

If you have a question not addressed in the FAQ above, please contact our Membership Manager using the form below.

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