Asia Past & Present

March 2020: Please view an important announcement about our new distribution partnership with Columbia University Press.

Asia Past & Present is the AAS scholarly monograph series, featuring titles from all disciplines and all areas of Asia. This series is overseen by the AAS Editorial Board and series editor, William M. Tsutsui. AAS expects to publish 1–2 Asia Past and Present books a year, each fully refereed and selected on the basis of exemplary, original, and enduring scholarship.

Download the free Asia Past & Present e-Book: A Scholarly Review of Chinese Studies in North America.

Call for Proposals

Submissions in all areas of Asian studies are welcome. AAS hopes to support work in emerging or under-represented fields, such as South Asia, premodern Asia, language and literature, art history, and literary criticism. In addition to monographs, other forms of scholarly research—such as essay collections and translations—will be considered.

Authors interested in publishing in the Asia Past & Present series should first consult the author guidelines and then e-mail excerpts of their manuscript (10,000–15,000 words, including a full Table of Contents and a representative sample chapter) along with a completed author questionnaire to Jonathan Wilson, AAS Publications Manager at

If, after initial evaluation by the series editor, your manuscript is selected to be sent for review, you must at that time be prepared to provide a complete manuscript. Only complete manuscripts will be reviewed. Completed manuscripts should adhere to the author guidelines.

Authors must be current AAS members at the time of submitting their initial manuscript excerpts for evaluation. In the case of edited volumes with multiple editors, if your manuscript is selected for review, each editor must hold AAS membership at the time of full manuscript submission (this requirement does not apply to contributors/single chapter authors).

Questions? Please contact the Series Editor, William M. Tsutsui,