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 OfficersPresident Brad Stoddard, McDaniel College (2020) Vice President Rebekka King, Middle Tennessee State University (2020) Executive Secretary/Treasurer Martha Smith Roberts, Denison University (2023) Councilors Leslie Dorrough Smith, Avila University (2018) Stacie Swain, University of Ottawa (2018) Richard Newton, Elizabethtown College (2019) James Dennis LoRusso, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University (2019) Ian Cuthbertson, Dawson College (2020) Adrian Hermann, Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (2020) Steven Ramey, University of Alabama (ex officio as co-editor of MTSR) Steven Engler, Mount Royal University (ex officio as editor of Key Thinkers) Philip Tite, University of Washington (ex officio as editor of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion)
Former NAASR OfficersJonathan Z. Smith (President, 1996-2002) Greg Alles (President, 2002-2005) Tomoko Masuzawa (President, 2005-2008) Willi Braun (President, 2008-2011) William Arnal (Vice President, 2000-2003 and President, 2011-2013) Julie Ingersoll (Vice President, 2003-2006) Bryan Rennie (Vice President, 2006-2009) Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (Vice President, 2009-2011) Craig Martin (Executive Secretary, 2011-2016) Gary Lease (Executive Secretary, 1995-2004) Russell T. McCutcheon (Executive Secretary, 2004-2007) Robert Yelle (Executive Secretary, 2007-2011) Naomi Goldenberg (President, 2013-2014) Christopher Lehrich (Vice President, 2011-2014) Russell T. McCutcheon, University of Alabama (President, 2014-2017) Aaron Hughes, University of Rochester (Vice President (2014-2017) Brad Stoddard, McDaniel College (Executive Secretary, 2016-2017)