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.

For a listing of all available titles in the series, please visit our online catalog.

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Interested in writing for ASIA SHORTS? Please VIEW OUR “MEET THE EDITOR” WEBINAR for an overview of the series and click on the CALL FOR PROPOSALS box below.

We are soliciting proposals. Click to view our Call for Proposals

ASIA SHORTS is a nimble, forward-thinking series that provides a platform for serious scholars wanting to make an impact within and beyond Asian Studies. 

Do you have an idea for a volume that is longer than a traditional journal article but shorter than a typical monograph? We invite you to submit proposals that meet the following criteria:

  • Provides cutting-edge scholarship and provocative analyses.
  • Speaks to contemporary issues and/or the “bigger picture.”
  • Is jargon-free and accessible to the general public.
  • Makes an impact on students, fellow scholars, and informed readers beyond academia.
  • Is between 35,000 and 75,000 words.

A joint venture between the Association for Asian Studies and Columbia University Press, the ASIA SHORTS series includes notable works by leading scholars in a variety of fields (see list of published titles here). We are able to bring your work to print more quickly than most presses, while adhering to the high expectations inherent in the double-blind review process. All volumes in the series are available in print and as e-books.

While we are accepting proposals on all topics and geographic areas, the series will, in accordance with the AAS Strategic Plan, lend its focus to proposals that encompass Global Asias topics and Diversity and Equity in Asian Studies.

If you have an idea for a volume you would like to discuss, please contact the series editor, Dr. David Kenley at In addition, please see the author guidelines and author questionnaire.

Once your proposal has been blind peer reviewed and formally accepted for publication, an author marketing questionnaire should also be completed to accompany submission of your complete manuscript.

OPEN ACCESS: Four edited volumes in the Asia Shorts series are being made available as open access in addition to print and e-books. We are pleased to be able to present these landmark publications in open access format in order to increase their visibility and accessibility. These titles are also available in print and e-book formats. Please help to support the important work we are doing with AAS publications by ordering print or e-book copies here: