Privacy and Security

The American Academy of Religion is committed to safeguarding the privacy of its members as well as visitors to its website and adheres to the following policies regarding communications as well as the gathering and dissemination of personal information.


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Collecting Information on Members

By necessity, the AAR collects contact information on its members, including, but not limited to, name, address, telephone numbers, fax number, and email address. This information is requested on various forms and applications.

Collecting Information on Website Visitors

The AAR does not use any technique to collect information on its website visitors beyond that which they freely provide us. Please be aware, however, that when any website is visited, the Web browser provides information about the connection and browsing program. We sometimes read some of this information, especially on pages with occasional malfunctions that have not yet been fully diagnosed, to see if we can find ways to make the website more functional and reliable.

Demographic Information

On AAR membership lists, we request demographic information. This information is used to help us to plan programs and to assess whether we are making adequate progress in reaching out to members and prospective members of diverse backgrounds. This information is optional; withholding it will not in any way affect a member's standing in the AAR.

Sharing Information on Members with Advertisers

Mailing Addresses:  The AAR rents its mailing list—for one-time use—to advertisers who wish to publicize a product, service, or event of interest to religion teachers and scholars. AAR only shares the info from members who opt-in to receiving such rental lists (see below under "Opt-in/Opt-out Information"). We allow agencies renting our mailing list to target members by geographic area, membership type, and research interest. Solicitations sent to our members are reviewed by the AAR. We have systems in place to be certain that advertisers do not use unauthorized lists and do not use lists more than once.

Other Information: The AAR does not make other information on its members (such as telephone numbers, fax numbers, or email addresses) available to outside agencies.

Facilitating Communications on behalf of Regional Organizations

AAR members in the US and Canada are, by virtue of geographic location, automatically associated with a specific AAR regional group. Additionally, members can identify regions beyond their geographical location for which they wish to receive information by contacting the AAR office at [email protected] or 1-404-727-3049.

Email Notices: The AAR forwards email notices on behalf of each regional group to members associated with that group. Members can instruct us to withhold routine email notices (see below under "Opt-in/Opt-out Information").

Email Notices

The AAR sends out a monthly e-Bulletin, as well as other occasional email. AAR only contacts members who opt-in to this service (see below under "Opt-in/Opt-out Information").  All members receive urgent and procedural emails (such as the balloting procedures for the fall AAR election).

Email addresses collected from non-members on submissions forms (e.g., Employment Listings advertisements) are used only for communication relating to the submission.

The AAR never provides any outside organization with email addresses, unless required to do so by law.

Membership Directory

The AAR maintains an online Membership Directory. Members can elect to withhold some or all of their contact information from this directory (see below under "Opt-in/Opt-out Information").

Opt-In/Opt-Out Information

Members by default are opted-in for the following preferences:  

  • AAR News and Updates: Keep me updated on grant opportunities, calls for papers, AAR’s public programs, member news, and Annual Meeting info.
  • Annual Meeting News: Keep me updated on information specific to the Annual Meeting
  • Graduate Student Newsletter: Keep me updated about Graduate Student information
  • Regional News: Keep me updated about information that is specific to my AAR region
  • Promotional Communications:
    • Member Offers (Email):  Let respected publishers and exhibitors send me info on programs, services, and products related to religious studies. (We will never share your email address.)
    • Member Offers (Mail): Let respected publishers and exhibitors mail me info on programs, services, and products related to religious studies.
  • Member Directory: Members by default are included in the member directory.

Members can opt-out (change or update) their communication preferences and Member Directory settings on the “Preferences” tab of their member profile. You can also contact the AAR office at [email protected] or 1-404-727-3049 to update your settings at any time.

While no other sort of exclusion is currently available, we are interested in feedback about how we can better serve our members. Please send an email to [email protected] if there are other ways of withholding information that you would like us to consider for the future.

Online Credit Card Transactions

As a convenience to members and advertisers, the AAR accepts online credit card transactions. The credit card information provided by users at our site is processed by PayFlow Pro by PayPal, the e-commerce provider with which the AAR has contracted to process the secure electronic transactions. Credit card information is not saved on the AAR website or in AAR databases. (After the payment is processed, we get a transaction code from PayFlow Pro by PayPal, but we only have access to the last four digits of the credit card number.)  The payment information collected is not used for any purpose other than to process the single authorized payment.  Please note that credit card information should not be submitted by e-mail; it is safe to transmit credit card information only in the following ways:

  • Surface mail (in a sealed envelope),
  • Telephone (only if you initiate the call), or
  • Secure website (see below for information on secure websites).

Google Analytics

AAR uses Google Analytics and demographic data to aggregate web traffic information. This information allows us to enhance and improve the functionality of the Site. Google Analytics anonymizes IP addresses before storing and processing data that have been collected. You may opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing the appropriate browser add-on available here for most common web browsers:

Other Sites

The AAR website contains links to other websites. The AAR has no control over, and no responsibility for, the privacy practices or content of such websites.