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Shape your discipline and shape your field by volunteering to serve on committees, task forces, and other groups. AAR recognizes excellence throughout the field with a number of awards and honors.

Professional Development

Enrich your professional life by attending workshops specially designed to assist you at every level of your career. AAR provides the best resources for jobs within the field. Support your research by applying for an AAR research grant.


Connect with scholars in the field by attending Annual and Regional Meetings at deep member discounts. Build relationship with colleagues within your discipline by getting involved in AAR mentoring programs. Assist and educate journalists, public policy makers, and your fellow citizens by promoting the public understanding of religion.


Publications such as the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (JAAR), Religious Studies News (RSN), the AAR books series, and the monthly e-Bulletin provide academic and informational resources about your profession. AAR members receive special discounts on books by select publishers.

Join or Renew Your Membership Today!

Sustaining and Supporting Memberships

Do you know that the American Academy of Religion has two new membership categories?

The Sustaining Membership, which is only $1,000 annually, allows you to make a huge impact and increase the power of your support as you put more of your dollars into your professional life and organization. In addition to all the benefits of being an AAR member, the Sustaining Member receives special benefits including: complimentary Annual Meeting registration, priority access to Annual Meeting hotels as a VIP, and a portion of your Sustaining Membership is tax-deductible. Your Sustaining Membership will provide a reliable stream of support that allows AAR to plan for the future, invest more of your contribution into the programs you value, save hundreds of thousands of dollars in postage, paper, and administrative costs, and conserve paper by cutting down on renewal mailings.

The Supporting Membership, which is $500 annually, gives you all of your member benefits, such as the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and Religious Studies News. A large portion of your membership is also tax-deductible.

If you are interested in investing in the American Academy of Religion through these special membership categories, please contact Paula D. Forte, AAR’s membership coordinator, today for more information 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.