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Membership Classes and Sections

Academy members are drawn from the full range of academic disciplines and professional fields. The membership is organized into class and section categories:

Class I: Mathematical and Physical Sciences

  • Section 1: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics
  • Section 2: Physics
  • Section 3: Chemistry
  • Section 4: Astronomy (including Astrophysics) and Earth Sciences
  • Section 5: Engineering Sciences and Technologies
  • Section 6: Computer Sciences
    (including Artificial Intelligence and Information Technologies)

Class II: Biological Sciences

  • Section 1: Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Section 2: Cellular and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, and Immunology (including Genetics)
  • Section 3: Neurosciences, Cognitive Sciences, and Behavioral Biology
  • Section 4: Evolutionary and Population Biology and Ecology
  • Section 5: Medical Sciences (including Physiology and Pharmacology), Clinical Medicine, and Public Health

Class III: Social Sciences

  • Section 1: Social and Developmental Psychology and Education
  • Section 2: Economics
  • Section 3: Political Science and International Relations
  • Section 4: Law (including the Practice of Law)
  • Section 5: Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, and Demography

Class IV: Humanities and Arts

  • Section 1: Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Section 2: History
  • Section 3: Literary Criticism (including Philology)
  • Section 4: Literature
    (Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting and Translation)
  • Section 5: Visual and Performing Arts—Scholarship, Criticism, and Practice
    (including Art, Architecture, Sculpture, Music, Theater, Film, and Dance)

Class V: Public Affairs, Business, and Administration

  • Section 1: Journalism and Communications
  • Section 2: Business, Corporate, and Philanthropic Leadership
    (Private Sector)
  • Section 3: Educational, Scientific, Cultural, and Philanthropic Administration (Nonprofit Sector)
  • Section 4: Public Affairs and Public Policy

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Book of Members

Visit the online Book of Members to view the name, affiliation(s), and subject area(s) of every member elected to the Academy from 1780 to the present.

Book of Members


For more information contact the Membership Office:

Kristin L. Gustafson
Director of Membership Information and Elections

Emmanuel J. Tellez
Membership Information and Elections Coordinator