Council of American Overseas Research Centers

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Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) "launched full-time operations in 1986 with grants from the" Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Exxon Foundation and the J.P. Getty Trust. [1]


According to its website, it performs the following services for scholars doing overseas research: [1]

  • Providing research libraries, technical services, and living accommodations
  • Serving as a base for field expeditions
  • Supporting publication of papers, books and serials, newsletters and information bulletins
  • Sponsoring joint scholarly projects and offering a program of conferences, lectures, seminars, concerts and exhibitions
  • Providing a place for contact and exchange between American researchers and their host-country counterparts as well as third-country colleagues working in the host-country
  • Liaison with host country governments and universities in obtaining access to research sources
  • Monitoring and offering advice on the research climate in the host-country


"CAORC is currently funded in part by the following Public and Private Institutions:


Member Centers

Developing Centers



Executive Committee:

  • Executive Director - Mary Ellen Lane - Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
  • Chair - Catherine deG. Vanderpool - American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA)
  • Vice-Chair - I. William Zartman - American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS); Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution; Director of the Conflict Management Program, School of Advanced International Studies Johns Hopkins University
  • Treasurer - Philip Mattar - Palestinian American Research Center (PARC); Guest Scholar, United States Institute of Peace
  • Secretary - Ralph Nicholas - American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS); William Rainey Harper Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and of Social Sciences, University of Chicago
  • Former Chair - Richard Lariviere - Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, University of Kansas
  • Executive Committee Member-at-Large - Kenneth Sams - American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT); Professor of Classical Archaeology, Department of Classics, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Executive Committee Member-at-Large - Jeanne Marecek - American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS); William Rand Kenan Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College
  • Smithsonian Ex-Offico Member - William L. Merrill - Mexico-North Research Network (MNRN); Smithsonian Institution

Board Members:

  • Lois Pattison de Menil, Center for Khmer Studies (CKS)
  • Nan Frederick, American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR)
  • McGuire Gibson, American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS); Professor of Archaeology, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
  • Maria Grosz-Ngate, West African Research Association (WARA); Associate Director, African Studies Program, Indiana University
  • William Hanaway, Jr., American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS); Emeritus Faculty, University of Pennsylvania
  • Benson Harer, American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE)
  • Ellen Herscher, Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (CAARI)
  • Jonathan Mark Kenoyer, American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS); Director of Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bernard Reilly, Center for South Asian Libraries (CSAL); President, Center for Research Libraries
  • Brian Rose, American Academy in Rome (AAR); James B. Pritchard Professor of Classical Archaeology, Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • Joe D. Seger, American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR);Professor of Religion and Director, Cobb Institute of Archaeology, Mississippi State University.
  • John Spencer, W.F. Albright Institute of Archeological Research (AIAR); Professor of Religious Studies; Director, Honors Program, John Carroll University
  • Guy Welbon, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS); Chairman, Graduate Group in Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania


Contact details

P.O. Box 37012
MRC 178
Washington, DC 20013-7012
Phone: (202) 633-1599
Fax: (202) 786-2430


  1. About page, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, accessed March 2008.