About

Reading Religion (RR) is an open book review website published by the American Academy of Religion (AAR). The site provides up-to-date coverage of scholarly publishing in religious studies, reviewed by scholars with special interest and/or expertise in the relevant subfields. Reviews are concise, comprehensive, and timely.

These are the members of our editorial board.

A book reviewed in RR may also be reviewed in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion (JAAR), which publishes a more limited set of book reviews. If a book is reviewed in JAAR, the RR book page will include a link to the full review, which is posted on the JAAR website. You must be a member of the AAR or have library privileges to view the full reviews.

Reviewers do not need to be members of the AAR, or be professional religious studies scholars. Indeed, we welcome reviewers from diverse fields and viewpoints who engage with the topic of religion. Graduate students may review books for RR, but we do expect that reviewers will have done advanced academic work on religion, either in a religious studies department or a related field. Individuals may review up to six titles per year. See RR review guidelines for further information.

Reviewers can find the Reading Religion style guide here.

For reviews of books on biblical studies, please visit the Society of Biblical Literature's Review of Biblical Literature website.

Searching for Books in Reading Religion

On all pages except Reviewed, books are displayed newest first, sorted by publication date. On the Reviewed page, books are displayed newest first, sorted by review date.

Use the Search box in the top banner to search for authors, editors, reviewers, keywords, publishers, and more. Books can also be searched via the Browse Books utility on the right-hand side of the page.

Book records returned in Search results can be further searched by status (available for review, review coming soon, reviewed).

Contact Us

We are always happy to hear suggestions for improvements to RR: books we should review or features we might add that would make the site more useful to you. Get in touch with us at readingreligion@aarweb.org. All editorial correspondence should be sent to the same address.

Publishers may send books for review in RR to:

Lisa Haygood
Reading Religion
Claremont Graduate University
145 Dartmouth Place
Claremont, CA 91711

RR does not guarantee review of any books received.

If you are interested in reviewing books for RR but have no particular title in mind to review, please complete this form and tell us about your areas of expertise. Your profile will go into our database where we can find you (and others) when searching for reviewers with specific interests. If you want to move more quickly into reviewing for RR, simply find a book you are interested in reviewing, and click the link to volunteer to review it.

Managing Editor: Lisa Haygood, American Academy of Religion

Assistant Editor and Social Media Coordinator: Vilmarie Vega, Independent Scholar

Assistant Editor and Special Projects Coordinator: Kirsten Boles, University of Redlands

Research Assistant: Therasa Topete, Claremont Graduate University

Previous Student Interns: Courtney Applewhite, University of California, Santa Barbara; Kirsten Boles, Claremont Graduate University; Francesca Chubb-Confer, University of Chicago; Jeremy Hanes, University of California, Santa Barbara; Troy Mikanovich, Claremont Graduate University; Sasha Batz Stern, Yale University; Sarah Tomerlin, Claremont Graduate University

The American Academy of Religion, founded in 1909, is the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion. With some 9,000 members in North America and abroad, its purpose is to (1) promote understanding of and critical reflection on religious traditions, issues, questions, values, texts, practices, and institutions; and (2) serve the professional interests of members, students, teachers, scholars, and the wider public. Join today!