The Society

The Society is a scholarly organization that promotes the study of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). 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: Brigid Vance
  • Secretary: Joe Dennis
  • Editor of Ming Studies: Ihor Pidhainy
  • Editor of Research Series: Ted Farmer
  • Immediate Past President: Anne Gerritsen
  • Web-Master: Bruce Rusk
Elected Members, recent and current
2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Martin Heijdra
Rivi Handler-Spitz
Thomas Kelly
Chelsea Zi Wang
Chen Kaijun
He Yuming
Wang Sixiang
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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