Harvard University Asia Center Publications Program

About the Program

The publications program of the Harvard University Asia Center oversees three book series: Harvard East Asian Monographs, the Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series, and the Harvard Contemporary China Series. Since their inception, nearly 500 titles have been published in the three series. The program currently publishes about 15 to 20 new titles per year and, as shown below, its books have won more than a dozen major awards over the past decade. The program has become one of the world’s largest and widely-respected publishers of scholarly books in East Asian Studies. We welcome new submissions in the humanities and social sciences related to East Asia. 

Recent Awards

John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asia History (American Historical Association)

John Whitney Hall Prize for books in Japanese Studies (Association for Asian Studies)

Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award (Society of Architectural Historians)

  • 2004: Jordan Sand, House and Home in Modern Japan: Architecture, Domestic Space, and Bourgeois Culture, 1880–1930

Francis Hsu Book Prize for East Asian Anthropology (American Anthropological Association)

Stanislaus Julian Prize (Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres)

Joseph Levenson Prize for books in Chinese Studies (Association for Asian Studies)

Toshida Numata Book Prize in Buddhism (University of California, Berkeley)

James B. Palais Prize for books in Korean Studies (Association for Asian Studies)

  • 2014, Honorable Mention: Hwansoo Kim, Empire of the Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877–1912
  • 2010: Sem Vermeersch, The Power of the Buddhas: The Politics of Buddhism during the Koryo Dynasty, 918–1392