Ray L. Hart Service Award


The Ray L. Hart Service Award, established by the Board of Directors in 1992, is given to persons whose dedication and service have made significant contributions to the AAR's mission to foster excellence in the academic study of religion and enhance the public understanding of religion. The recipient is selected by the AAR Executive Committee

Past Recipients:

  • Elias Bongmba (2020)
  • Kathryn McClymond (2019)
  • Judith Berling (2005)
  • Harry Buck & Robert V. Smith, given as "Founders Award" (2002)
  • Peter Paris (2001)
  • Robert Detweiler (1997)
  • Austin Creel (1995)
  • Raymond Williams (1994)
  • Ray L. Hart (1993)


Questions may be sent to nominations@aarweb.org.

Annual Deadline

February 1


The next award cycle will open in late 2020.