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FACTS & FIGURES

Name: American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR); formerly named “American Schools of Oriental Research”

Mission: ASOR’s mission is to initiate, encourage, and support research into , and public understanding of, the cultures and history of the Near East and the wider Mediterranean, from the earliest times.

Founded: 1900; incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1921

Members: approximately 2,000 individual members, 55 institutional members, 17,000 Friends, and 3 affiliated overseas research institutes

Publications: Four journals (Bulletin of ASOR, Journal of Cuneiform Studies,听Near Eastern Archaeology, and Maarav), two e-newsletters (News@ASOR and The Ancient Near East Today), and three book series (ASOR Annual,听 Archaeological Report Series, and Journal of Cuneiform Studies Supplement Series).

Annual Meeting: The conference has in-person and virtual components with approximately 1,200 attendees. The in-person component begins eight days (on a Wednesday) before American Thanksgiving. A virtual component follows about 3 weeks later in December. The in-person location varies.

Professional Personnel: ASOR has 9 full-time team and 3 part-time team members and 8 continuing contractors.

Donors: ASOR is supported by over 460 individuals who make annual charitable contributions to ASOR. Click here for our Fiscal Year 2023 Honor Roll of Donors. Click here for our Lifetime Honor Roll of Donors.

Volunteers: ASOR’s work is supported by more than 280 volunteers, some serving in multiple roles.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants: ASOR plans to award $250,000 in scholarships, fellowships, and grants in 2024.

President: Sharon Herbert, University of Michigan

Chief Administrative Officer: Andrew G. Vaughn (Executive Director)