Joseph Alter Named Next Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies

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The Association for Asian Studies is pleased to announce that on July 1, 2021, Dr. Joseph S. Alter will take office as the next editor of the Journal of Asian Studies (JAS). Alter is professor of anthropology and director of the Asian Studies Center, one of several U.S. Department of Education National Resource Centers, at the University of Pittsburgh. He will succeed current JAS editor Vinayak Chaturvedi.

Founded in 1941 as the Far Eastern Quarterly, the Journal of Asian Studies is the official publication of the Association for Asian Studies and the flagship journal in its field. Appearing four times per year, the journal features a multidisciplinary array of research articles, state-of-the-field essays, and book reviews.

Born and raised in the town of Mussoorie in the Indian Himalayas, Alter attended Woodstock School before coming to the United States for college. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and is a scholar of South Asia whose research interests include health, medicine, gender, nationalism, and sport. He is author of numerous journal articles and book chapters as well as several books, including The Wrestler’s Body: Identity and Ideology in North India (University of California Press, 1992), Knowing Dil Das: Stories of a Himalayan Hunter (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999), and Moral Materialism: Sex and Masculinity in Modern India (Penguin Random House India, 2011). Alter teaches courses in medical anthropology as well as Asian Studies and is the academic director of the “Pitt in the Himalayas” study-abroad program.

Read this announcement, and an interview with Joseph Alter, at the AAS #AsiaNow blog: