About the EIR

EIR Mission Statement:

The Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion serves as a gateway into the academic study of religion for Regional participants who reside in Western Pennsylvania, the State of New York (excluding New York City), and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Our main goal is to support AAR initiatives at the local level in our region. In support of the American Academy of Religion, the EIR fosters partnerships, collaborations, communications, and teaching in the field of religion through multiple lenses of critical engagement and in the spirit of free inquiry. The EIR is committed to upholding the highest level of inclusion, equality, respect, professionalism, and academic excellence in the academic field of religion. The Eastern International Region (EIR) of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) meets annually in spring. The meetings are hosted by one of the region's participating institutions in Ontario, Quebec, New York, or western Pennsylvania.

About the EIR Executive Board

Regionally Elected Coordinator (REC)

Cynthia A. Hogan earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Religion and Culture and has a MA in ancient history from North Carolina State University. She has been involved with the EIR since 2014 and has served as REC since 2018. She is currently the Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at Washington & Jefferson College. 


Abrahim H. Khan,  B. S. (Howard), B. D. (Yale), M. A., Ph.D. (McGill), Dr. h.c. (UKF, Nitra) is a professor and Graduate Director in the Faculty of Divinity, Trinity College, University of Toronto. He is cross appointed to the Graduate Department for the Study of Religion of the University, and member of its Center of Ethics and Joint Centre for Bioethics... READ MORE ABOUT THE PRESIDENT

Vice-President/President Elect

Alexander J.B. Hampton is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, specializing in metaphysics, poetics and nature. His publications include Romanticism and the Re-Invention of Modern Religion (Cambridge 2019), Christian Platonism: A History (ed.) (Cambridge, 2021). and the Cambridge Companion to Christianity and the Environment (Cambridge, 2022). He is currently writing a study of nature and the metaphysics of participation.

Digital Officer 

Aaron Ricker earned his PhD in Religious Studies at McGill University. Aaron is co-editor of the Journal of the Council for Research on Religion. His publications include Ancient Letters (2020) and Intersections of Astronomy and Religion (2020).

Student Director

Chris Miller is a PhD Candidate in Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo. He completed a MA at St. Mary’s University and a BA at the University of Toronto. His current research interests include popular culture, New Religious Movements, and how communities interact with their scholarly study.