Emily Suzanne Clark

Hi! And welcome to emilysuzanneclark.wordpress.com.

I’m currently a PhD candidate at Florida State University in the Department of Religion focusing in American religious history. I recently defended my dissertation on religion and race in 19th century New Orleans. My work maps how religion mediated the city’s cultural, political, and social changes from the late antebellum period through Reconstruction. To achieve this, I focus on the practice of Afro-creole Spiritualism and the twenty years of seance records of the Cercle Harmonique. For more, check out my Research page. While my dissertation focuses on the Afro-creole practice of 19th century Spiritualism, but also includes discussions of Catholicism, Voudou, the Atlantic and Caribbean worlds, and New Orleans politics.

I’ve taught undergraduate courses for the FSU Religion department. Since 2010, I have served as the managing editor for the Journal of Southern Religion and was the journal’s web editor from 2010-2012. Working first as an Assistant to the Editors in Book Reviews for Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture, the official journal for the American Society of Church History and now as the Senior Assistant to the Editors has further allowed me to contribute to the academic community. You can also find my thoughts at the Religion in American History blog.

When not engaged in academia, I enjoy running, playing soccer, hiking, and reading about what Greil Marcus calls “the old, weird America” (my love of Americana knows no bounds).

Feel free to contact me (esclark@fsu.edu) about research, teaching, either of the journals, or any topic or idea raised in my blog posts.

The image in my website’s header is “Veüe et Perspective de la Nouvelle Orléans” by Jean-Pierre Lassus (1726).

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