History professor Gail Hershatter has been elected vice-president of the Association for Asian Studies.

The Association is the largest society concerned with Asian studies in the world with 7,200 members, including scholars, journalists, diplomats, and other government officials.

An expert on Chinese history, Hershatter is director of the Pacific Rim Research Program, a multi-campus UC research program headquartered at UCSC.

Hershatter's book credits include Dangerous Pleasures: Prostitution and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Shanghai (1997), which received the 1997 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women's History from the American Historical Association.

She is also the author of Women in China's Long Twentieth Century (University of California Press, 2007), and coeditor of A Guide to Women's Studies in China (Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, 1999).

Hershatter received a Guggenheim Fellowship award in 2007.