Applied Religious Studies Committee


The Applied Religious Studies Committee seeks to open up discussion of the diversity of career opportunities for scholars of religion, acknowledging that there are many pathways into and out of the PhD. This committee will pay particular attention to discussing the ways in which graduate education in religious studies, theology, and the humanities more broadly prepares scholars for and enhances practice of a variety of non-faculty careers. The committee seeks to foster conversation about diverse career paths outside of the academy within the context of the wide variety of reasons that scholars might choose to pursue such work, acknowledging but also looking beyond the challenging academic job market. It also seeks to explore ways that faculty, institutions, and the AAR can enhance support of scholars both as they explore and after they have entered non-faculty careers. Finally, it also seeks to ask how such scholars may be especially suited to contribute to a broader public understanding of religion.

Recommended Resources

Select recordings of Annual Meeting sessions are available on Soundcloud.

Committee Members

Term of Office: Four years, non-renewable

Full NameTerm StartTerm EndPosition
Amy Defibaugh1/1/202112/31/2022Chair
Joshua Bartholomew1/1/202112/31/2023Committee Member
Molly H. Bassett1/1/202112/31/2024Committee Member
Dr. Daniel Fisher-Livne1/1/202112/31/2024Committee Member
Dr. Sara Kamali1/2/201912/31/2022Committee Member
Jenny Wiley Legath1/1/202012/31/2023Committee Member
Benjamin Marcus1/1/202012/31/2023Committee Member
Mary Beth Yount1/1/201912/31/2022Committee Member
Marchell Jackson9/1/2019 Staff Liaison