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:

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
John P. Burgess1/1/202312/31/2026Chair
Wei-Jen Chen1/1/202212/31/2025Committee Member
Jacob Erickson1/1/202312/31/2026Committee Member
Sigríður Guðmarsdóttir1/1/202312/31/2026Committee Member
Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator1/1/202412/31/2027Committee Member
Fabio Rambelli1/1/202112/31/2024Committee Member
Claudia Schippert1/1/2024 Staff Liaison