Emily Suzanne Clark

Emily Suzanne Clark headshotHi! And welcome to emilysuzanneclark.wordpress.com.

I am an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University. During the fall semester of 2014, I will be teaching Religions in America and African American Religions.

My current book project centers on religion and race in 19th century New Orleans. In A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-century New Orleans, I argue that Spiritualism provided my subjects a forum for criticizing the material world’s injustices and for formulating a corrective based on egalitarian republicanism. 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 this project centers on the Afro-creole practice of 19th century Spiritualism, it also includes discussions of Catholicism, Voudou, the Atlantic and Caribbean worlds, and New Orleans politics.

I serve as Associate Editor for the Journal of Southern Religion and was the journal’s managing editor from 2010-2014. This is the only journal devoted to the study of religion in the American South and publishes a wide variety of articles, forums, and book reviews.

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 (clarke2@gonzaga.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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