The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent research center; its members are world leaders in the arts and sciences, business, philanthropy, and public affairs. 


The American Academy elects members in thirty-one sections that are organized within five classes, including the sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, and business. The election process starts with nominations and is rooted in a review process starting with the sections and then the entire membership.

Annually, Academy members receive a call for nominations. Each candidate for membership must have two nominators who are already members. The nominators must be from different institutions from each other, and at least one must be from the United States.

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