2020 Annual Meeting

Your AAR staff continues to work toward holding the Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov. 21-24, 2020. We are aware of the uncertainty and contradictory projections related to the COVID-19 pandemic and with health and safety as a priority, we will continue monitoring the guidance of governments and health experts as we plan and make decisions. Should any changes need to be made related to the 2020 Annual Meeting, we will promptly notify you.

2020 Regional Meetings

Open Registration:

All remaining regional meetings for 2020 have been canceled

Membership Types and Rates

As of 2019, membership in the American Academy of Religion is on a rolling-year basis. Memberships will last one year from the join or renew date. 

Membership Types & Eligibility

Membership Types
At each salary level, you will be able to select your membership type from the following list:

  • Student
  • Professional - Independent Scholar
  • Professional - Applied Religious Studies
  • Professional - Tenure
  • Professional - Tenure-track
  • Professional - Part-Time Contingent
  • Professional - Full-Time Contingent
  • Retired
  • Special International

This category is open to all those enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Student members pay a flat rate of $45 per membership year. Student memberships can be renewed for up to 10 years.

Professional - Applied Religious Studies
This category is for those with employment outside of teaching of the academic study of religion or theology.

Professional - Part-Time Contingent
This category is for those who are full-time but not tenure-track.

Professional - Full-Time Contingent
This category is for those who are compensated on a per-course or hourly basis, and are part-time and not tenure-track.

This category is open to any individual who is retired from one’s institution or place of employment.

Special International
International scholars working or residing outside those countries designated as high income by the World Bank may take advantage of a discounted rate of $15 per calendar year for membership, plus international postage. Members from the following countries are not eligible: United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. 

Membership Dues

AAR dues are based on gross annual income for the professional and retired categories:

Annual Income (US Dollars) Professional and Retired Dues
Under $20,000 $55
$20,000 - $39,999 $79
$40,000 - $59,999 $110
$60,000 - $79,999 $165
$80,000 - $99,999 $179
$100,000 - $119,999 $220
$120,000 - $149,999 $239
$150,000+ $250
Student $45
Special International $15


Sustaining and Supporting 
Sustaining and Supporting members support the AAR through partially tax-deductible memberships. Learn how you can support your guild and experience the benefits!

Journal of the American Academy of Religion (JAAR)
As part of a Green Initiative, beginning in 2019 there will be a $25 charge to receive 4 physical copies of JAAR. All members will still receive digital access to JAAR.

How to Join or Renew Membership in the AAR

There are three convenient ways to join or renew your membership:

(We accept all major credit cards including VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and AMEX.)

Join or Renew Online
You enter all your demographic and payment information using AAR’s secure website. This is the most efficient and sustainable method of joining or renewing since it is paperless and requires less staff time to process.

Print a Membership Form PDF
You can print a membership form from the website, complete and return it with payment via postal mail or fax it to 1-404-727-7959. Please do not e-mail membership forms with payment information. In addition to credit cards, we accept money orders and checks.

Over the phone

Call the AAR office at +1-404-727-3049 to join the Academy over the phone using a major credit card.

Membership FAQ

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