The Society

The Society for Ming Studies is a scholarly organization that promotes the study of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). In 2021 it was incorporated in the United States as a tax-exempt organization with federal 501(c)3 non-profit status. It publishes a journal and a book series, as well as sponsoring panels on Ming topics at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies.


Anyone may join the Society by becoming an individual subscriber to the journal Ming Studies.

Board of Directors

The Board consists of three kinds of directors: (1) Officers of the Society, (2) 3–6 members elected at the annual meeting for three-year terms, and (3) graduate student and overseas representatives. This last category is not described in the bylaws but was created to maintain linkage with key constituencies.

Currently, the officers are:

  • President: Thomas Kelly
  • Secretary: Joe Dennis
  • Editor of Ming Studies: Ihor Pidhainy
  • Editor of Research Series: Ted Farmer
  • Immediate Past President: Brigid Vance
  • Treasurer: Martin Heijdra
  • Web-Master: Bruce Rusk
Elected Members, recent and current
  • Maura Dykstra (2022-2025)
  • Noga Ganany (2022-2025)
  • Nathan Vedal (2022-2025)
  • Wang Guojun (2022-2025)
  • Rivi Handler-Spitz (2020-2023)
  • Thomas Kelly (2020-2021)
  • Chelsea Zi Wang (2019-2022)
  • Chen Kaijun (2019-2022)
Area Representatives
  • Leo Shin (Canada)
  • Hsiung Ping-chen (Taiwan)
  • Anne McLaren (Australia)
  • Stephen McDowall (Europe)
  • Li Xifeng (China)
  • Xie Yang (China)
Graduate Student Representative
  • Hu Xiaobai

See also the bylaws of the Society.

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