Academy members are leaders in the arts and sciences, business, philanthropy, and public affairs. Based across the United States and around the world, they have been elected for exceptional contributions in their fields and professions.


The Academy provides many opportunities for members to engage, learn, and contribute:

Participate in Member Elections
There are many ways for members to be involved in the election process. Members may submit nominations, vote for candidates, and serve on selection panels.
Connect Locally
A national network of Local Program Committees and Representatives provides opportunities for our members to connect with the work of the Academy and with each other at the local level. Is there one near you?
Attend an Event
The Academy holds events around the country and the globe. These gatherings bring together members and others in their communities to explore important topics through an interdisciplinary lens that draws on the Academy’s breadth and expertise.
Contribute to Dædalus
Each issue of the Academy’s journal, Dædalus, explores a theme from a multidisciplinary perspective in essays written by Academy members and other experts. Interested in proposing a topic for Dædalus? Contact the journal’s Editor in Chief to learn more.

Academy members can play a vital role in disseminating our work to policymakers; the media; leaders in higher education, nonprofits, business, and philanthropy; scholars; and students. 
Topics include the arts, climate action, democracy, the humanities, the economy, international relations, nuclear power, and more. Explore publications.

The Academy's quarterly publication, The Bulletin, provides news about Academy members, projects, publications, and plans. It can be sent to members and is also available online.

The Academy shares news and updates on social media. Anyone can follow at 

Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

You can keep your member profile updated so the public member directory is current on member activities and achievements. Login and revise your website bio to update the content. 

You can make a gift to the American Academy in a variety of ways. More information about the Academy's annual fund, bequests, endowment, and other ways to contribute can be found here

Share updates with the Academy's quarterly member magazine by emailing The Bulletin

Contact Us

Members are encouraged to contact Academy staff with comments, questions, and ideas. For help finding the most relevant contact, or for general guidance about becoming involved, contact the membership engagement team:

Laurie McDonough
Morton L. Mandel Director of Membership Engagement

Patrick Meade
Membership Engagement Manager