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  • In the Public Interest
    The Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion sponsors this column in order to deepen scholarly understanding of the role of religion in public life and to encourage engagement between religion scholars and the public. The Committee encourages proposals from AAR members interested in writing an article for the column, which may include comment on religion and the media, public policy, or law, or on other topics related to religion and public life. If interested, please e-mail Steve Herrick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with a paragraph summarizing your proposed topic and approach.

  • Beyond Academe
    In an effort to explore the full range of career opportunities for those trained in religious studies, Religious Studies News, in conjunction with the AAR’s Job Placement Task Force, has initiated a new, regularly appearing column exploring religious studies careers outside of academia. In coming issues, columns will share first-person accounts of possibilities and challenges for scholars of religion beyond faculty roles. If you have pursued such a career path and would like to share your story, or if you know of someone who has done so, please contact the chair of the Job Placement Task Force, Tim Renick, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  • Not for Women Only
    Welcome to a new column sponsored by the AAR's Status of Women in the Profession Committee. This column will examine the political and professional issues that affect women — but not just women — in the academy. It will be published in the March and October issues of RSN.

  • Research Briefing
    Since 1992, the AAR has awarded individual and collaborative grants to our members to support important aspects of research, including travel to archives and libraries, research assistance, field work, and released time. The Research Briefing column highlights research undertaken with assistance from our grant program. For more information about the program, visit the AAR website.

  • From the Student Desk
    This column is a forum for student members of the AAR to share practical and professional advice, commiserate about the trials and tribulations of the graduate student life, and reflect on the personal and existential questions it raises. From the Student Desk is always seeking submissions of approximately 900 words; a wide variety of themes is encouraged. To submit an essay or to ask a question, e-mail Carl Hughes at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


This website contains archived issues of Religious Studies News published online from March 2010 to May 2013, and PDF versions of print editions published from Winter 2001 to October 2009.

This site also contains archived issues of Spotlight on Teaching (May 1999 to May 2013) and Spotlight on Theological Education (March 2007 to March 2013).

For current issues of RSN, beginning with the October 2013 issue, please see here.