The North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) was initially formed in 1985 by E. Thomas Lawson, Luther H. Martin, and Donald Wiebe, to encourage the historical, comparative, structural, theoretical, and cognitive approaches to the study of religion among North American scholars; to represent North American scholars of religion at the international level; and to sustain communication between North American scholars and their international colleagues engaged in the study of religion.
NAASR is incorporated as a nonprofit in the state of Vermont.
A brief history of NAASR, written by Luther H. Martin and Donald Wiebe, can be found here.
If you have any questions or want to contact us for any reason, please email the Executive Secretary, Martie Smith Roberts at robertsm (at) denison.edu.
Current NAASR OfficersPresidentRebekka King, Middle Tennessee State University (2020-2023)Vice PresidentJames Dennis LoRusso, Georgia State University (2020-2023)Executive Secretary/Treasurer Martha Smith Roberts, Denison University (2017-2021) Councilors Tara Baldrick-Morrone, Florida State University (2021) Stephanie Frank, Columbia College Chicago (2021) Andie Alexander, Emory University (2022) Emily Crews, University of Alabama, University of Chicago (2022) Savannah Finver, The Ohio State University (2023) Tommy Carrico, Florida State University (2023) Steven Ramey, University of Alabama (ex officio as co-editor of MTSR) Steven Engler, Mount Royal University (ex officio as editor of Key Thinkers) K. Merinda Simmons, University of Alabama (ex officio as editor of Concepts)
Former NAASR OfficersBrad Stoddard, McDaniel College (2017-2020)Russell T. McCutcheon, University of Alabama (President, 2014-2017) Naomi Goldenberg (President, 2013-2014)William Arnal (President, 2011-2013)Willi Braun (President, 2008-2011)Tomoko Masuzawa (President, 2005-2008)Greg Alles (President, 2002-2005)Jonathan Z. Smith (President, 1996-2002)Rosalind Hackett (President, 1993-94) Rebekka King, Middle Tennessee State University (2017-2020)Aaron Hughes, University of Rochester (Vice President (2014-2017)Christopher Lehrich (Vice President, 2011-2014)Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (Vice President, 2009-2011)Bryan Rennie (Vice President, 2006-2009)Julie Ingersoll (Vice President, 2003-2006)William Arnal (Vice President, 2000-2003) Brad Stoddard, McDaniel College (Executive Secretary, 2016-2017)Craig Martin (Executive Secretary, 2011-2016)Robert Yelle (Executive Secretary, 2007-2011)Russell T. McCutcheon (Executive Secretary, 2004-2007)Gary Lease (Executive Secretary, 1995-2004)