International Connections Committee


The International Connections Committee fosters attention to the worldwide scope of scholarship in religion and the international composition of the Academy’s membership. To fulfill its charge, the committee sponsors special programs, communicates with scholars abroad, and extends hospitality to international attendees at the annual meeting. The ICC’s signature program is the Collaborative International Grant competition, for which ICC members evaluate proposals and serve as the grants jury.

Duties and Responsibilities

Members of the International Connections Committee are expected to participate in the following:

  • Collaborative International Research Grant Program
  • International Members’ Reception at the Annual Meeting – A reception for international members of the AAR. Winners of the Collaborative International Research Grants are honored. By invitation only.

Meeting Schedule

One in-person committee meeting at the AAR Annual Meeting in November

Timeline of Activities

Collaborative International Research Grant applications are reviewed early October through mid-November. Recipients are selected during the ICC’s meeting at the Annual Meetings in November.

Committee Members

  • Term of Service: Four years, non-renewable
  • Committee Composition: Up to six members
Full NameTerm StartTerm EndPosition
Olga Kazmina1/1/201912/31/2022Chair
John P. Burgess1/1/202212/31/2025Committee Member
Wei-Jen Chen1/1/202212/31/2025Committee Member
Dr. Kimberly D. Hill1/1/202012/31/2023Committee Member
James Ponniah Kulandai Raj1/1/201912/31/2022Committee Member
Fabio Rambelli1/1/202112/31/2024Committee Member
Matt Vieson4/16/2022 Staff Liaison