Graduate Student Committee


The Graduate Student Committee addresses the needs and concerns of graduate students and promotes their professional development and participation in the American Academy of Religion and the academy as a whole.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Graduate Student Committee members are expected to participate in a variety of activities, including the following:

  • Programming for Student Sessions at the AAR Annual Meetings
    • Student Roundtable Sessions and Special Topics Forum; co-sponsored sessions, workshops, or other special events; GSC Business Meeting
  • Additional activities for AAR Student Director
    • Student Director attends AAR Board Meetings

Meeting Schedule

  • One in-person meeting at the Annual Meeting in November
  • Meetings in spring, fall, and winter via Zoom

Timeline of Activities:

  • At the AAR Annual Meeting in November:
    • Friday: GSC Committee Meeting
    • Saturday: Special Topics Forum
    • Saturday/Sunday/Monday: Student Roundtable Sessions
    • Sunday: GSC Business Meeting


  • December/January - Student Director submits Board Report
  • February/March - Finalize programming for June Sessions and November Annual Meetings
  • April 1- Submit all Annual Meeting Sessions/Events/Activities

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Committee Members

  • AAR Student Director and all committee members serve a three-year, non-renewable term
  • The committee is composed of the AAR Student Director, who serves as the committee chair, and five committee members.
Full NameTerm StartTerm EndPosition
Ristina LeNae Gooden11/20/202311/23/2025Chair
Aixin Aydin1/1/202412/31/2024Committee Member
Jacob Barrett1/1/202412/31/2025Committee Member
Allison Isidore1/1/202412/31/2026Committee Member
Jacob Robinson12/1/2023 Staff Liaison