Emily Suzanne Clark

Faculty and Staff Portraits 2014Hi! And welcome to emilysuzanneclark.wordpress.com.

I am an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University, where I teach classes on American religion.

My forthcoming book 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. A Luminous Brotherhood will be published by University of North Carolina Press and should be available Fall 2016. For more on the project, 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 articles, forums, and book reviews.

You can also find my thoughts at the Religion in American History blog. Or 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).

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