Emily Suzanne Clark

Faculty and Staff Portraits 2014Hi! And welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University, where I teach classes on American religions.

In my book, 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. A Luminous Brotherhood will be published by University of North Carolina Press and will be available Fall 2016. For more on the project, check out my Research page.

For my next project, I plan on diving into the archives of the Jesuits of the Oregon Province and exploring the intersections of Jesuit missions, Native American religions, and colonialism. 

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. Additionally, I’m a member of the 2016-2017 class of Young Scholars of American Religion, a fellows program run by the Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture at IUPUI.

You can also find my thoughts at the Religion in American History blog. I can be delinquent with updating my blog here, so check RiAH for my posts. You can also follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/clark_ems; or on Academia.edu: https://gonzaga.academia.edu/EmilyClark

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, 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).