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American Society of Overseas Research

The American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR), founded in 1900 as the American School of Oriental Study and Research in Palestine, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Alexandria, Virginia, which supports the research and teaching of the history and cultures of the Near East and Middle Eastern countries.[1][2] ASOR supports scholarship, research, exploration, and archeological fieldwork and offers avenues of disseminating this research through their publications. ASOR also provides support for undergraduates and graduates in institutions of higher education around the world pursuing studies of the history and cultures of the Near and Middle East.

As of January 2020, Sharon Herbert is the president of ASOR.[3] Her predecessor, Susan Ackerman served as president from 2014 to 2019.[4][5]

ASOR collaborates with the following independent overseas institutes:

The overseas institutes support scholars working in the Middle East that focus on Near Eastern Archaeology, Semitic languages, history, Biblical studies, among a variety of other fields. The institutes are also members of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Annual conference

ASOR convenes a scholarly conference once a year in North America, always beginning 8 days before Thanksgiving (on a Wednesday evening) and running through Saturday evening.

2008 – Boston, MA and drew over 730 scholars and interested lay members from around the world.

2009 – New Orleans, LA.

2018 – Denver, CO.

2019 – San Diego, CA.

2020 – Virtual

2021 – Chicago, IL


ASOR also publishes three scholarly publications. University of Chicago Press began publishing all three ASOR journals in 2019. Two of the journals are academic flagships in their respective areas:

The organization also publishes

  • Near Eastern Archaeology, a quarterly that reports recent research for both popular and professional audiences.
  • The Ancient Near East Today (ANE Today or ANET) is a monthly e-newsletter, informing registered "Friends of ASOR" about new discoveries and ideas from its field of activity.


  1. ^ "ASOR". ASOR. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  2. ^ American Schools of Oriental Research (2021). "Audited Financial Statements" (PDF). American Society of Overseas Research. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-11-29.
  3. ^ "ASOR Executive Committee 2020". ASOR. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Dartmouth Professor Leads Middle East Research Group". Dartmouth College. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  5. ^ "ASOR: History: The Early Years". ASOR. Archived from the original on 14 May 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  • King, Philip J. American Archaeology in the Mideast: A History of the American Schools of Oriental Research (1983).
  • Clark, D.G. and V.H. Matthews 100 Years of American Archaeology in the Middle East: Proceedings of the American Schools of Oriental Research Centennial Celebration (2003).

Affiliated Independent Institutes

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