About Me

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I am an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University, where I teach classes on American religions. My main scholarly and teaching interests center on religion and race in the Americas.

I am the author of the award-winning book A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans. Focusing on the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, the book argues that Afro-Creole Spiritualism provided a forum for criticizing the material world’s injustices and for formulating a corrective based on egalitarian republicanism. A Luminous Brotherhood was published by University of North Carolina Press in the Fall 2016. The book won the 2017 Francis B. Simkins Award and the 2017 Michael Thomason Book Award. Additionally it was selected as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2017 (an honor given to ~3% of academic books each year). For more on the project, including links to reviews and interviews about the book, click here.

I am currently at work on two co-edited books. Mardi Gras MaskingThe first one comes out in Fall 2019 with Bloomsbury, Race and New Religious Movements in the USA: A Documentary Reader (co-edited with Brad Stoddard). The other co-edited volume is with De Gruyter Press on material religion and digital humanities. 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 articles, forums, and book reviews.

You can also follow me on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/clark_ems. Feel free to contact me (clarke2 @ gonzaga [dot] edu) about research, teaching, the Journal of Southern Religion, 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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