Asia Shorts Book Series

Asia Shorts offers concise, engagingly-written titles written by highly-qualified authors on topics of significance in Asian studies. Topics are intended to be substantive, generate discussion and debate within the field, and attract interest beyond it.

JULY 2021: AAS welcomes David Kenley as the new editor of the Asia Shorts book series. Anyone interested in proposing a volume for Asia Shorts is invited to read the Call for Proposals and contact Professor Kenley at to discuss their work.

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The two latest books in the Asia Shorts series, both edited volumes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, are available in print, e-book, and as open access:

Call for Proposals

The AAS is exploring new ways of making rigorous, timely, and accessible work by scholars, journalists, and policymakers in the field available to a wide audience of informed readers.

  • Is there a burning academic debate you would like to explore or explain, extinguish or stoke?
  • Do you know of a pressing issue where scholarly perspectives could enrich public discussions and enhance public understanding?
  • What do you care a lot about and know a lot about and yearn to bring to a broad audience in 35,000-75,000 accessible, jargon-free words?

The Asia Shorts series complements and leverages the success of the AAS survey series, Key Issues in Asian Studies, and is designed to engage broad audiences with up-to-date scholarship on important topics in Asian studies.​

Asia Shorts books:

  • Have a target word count between 35,000 and 75,000 words.
  • Have a clear point of view, a well-defined, and even provocative argument rooted in a strong base of evidence and current scholarship.
  • Are written in an accessible, jargon-free style suitable for non-specialist audiences.
  • Are written by a single author or a small group of authors (scholars, journalists, policymakers, e.g.).
  • Will be rigorously peer reviewed.
  • Can be pedagogically focused but not specifically survey-level, which is the mission of the Key Issues in Asian Studies (KIAS) series.
  • Have a relatively quick turnaround time to ensure timeliness of content in the series. The target timeline from acceptance of a manuscript (after initial evaluation and peer review) to publication will be 6–9 months.

For further information, please consult the author guidelines and author questionnaire.

To discuss a proposal, please contact the series editor, David Kenley, at,