The Academy Series is unique among the book series sponsored by the American Academy of Religion and published by Oxford University Press. Several features distinguish the series, among them the fact that it is the only series devoted to publishing books that originate as dissertations in the field of religious studies. The series is highly selective; only the most exceptional manuscripts are eligible for consideration. The Academy Series seeks to reflect the full range of cultural areas and methodological approaches in the field. Its current mandate is to broaden and diversify the range of its publications. By publishing works that originate as dissertations, the Academy Series serves two important functions. First, the series provides a venue for first-time book authors who are making
the transition from graduate student to academic professional by assisting them in transforming their dissertations into books. Second, the titles published in the series signal new directions in the field and demonstrate the vitality of graduate work in religious studies.
Series Editor: Kimberly Rae Connor, Associate Professor, University of San Francisco