Emily Clark, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies; Director of Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Emily Clark specializes in religions in the Americas. She believes in student-centered pedagogy, regularly takes her classes into the campus archives, and is co-director of the Gonzaga Digital Humanities Initiative. When not teaching or researching,...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Religion; Florida State University

M.A., Religious Studies; University of Missouri

B.A., Religious Studies; Austin College

Personal website and CV.

Courses Taught

RELI 193 FYS: Race in America

RELI 193 FYS: American Monsters

RELI 225 African American Religions

RELI 250 American Christianities

RELI 356 Native American Religions

RELI 499 Senior Seminar

UNIV 099 Strategies for Success


Dr. Emily Clark specializes in religions in the Americas. She believes in student-centered pedagogy, regularly takes her classes into the campus archives, and is co-director of the Gonzaga Digital Humanities Initiative. When not teaching or researching, you can find her out running up Spokane’s South Hill, watching soccer, or hiking with her dog.

Her award-winning first book, A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), explores the racial and religious politics of talking to the dead. Her next book, tentatively titled Spiritual Matters: American Spiritualism and Material Culture, is under advance contract with the University of North Carolina Press. She is also the co-editor of Race and New Religious Movements in the USA: A Documentary Reader (Bloomsbury, 2019, with Brad Stoddard) and co-editor of Digital Humanities and Material Religion: An Introduction (De Gruyter, under contract, with Rachel Lindsey). She also serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Southern Religion.

Books

Race and New Religious Movements in the USA: A Documentary Reader, co-edited with Brad Stoddard (Bloomsbury Press, 2019).

A Luminous Brotherhood: Afro-Creole Spiritualism in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans, (University of North Carolina Press, 2016; paperback, 2018).
Awards: Francis B. Simkins Award 2017, Southern Historical Association 
Michael Thomason Book Award 2017, Gulf South Historical Association 
Outstanding Academic Title 2017, CHOICE Reviews

Introduction to Digital Humanities: Material Religion, Co-editor with Rachel Lindsey, (forthcoming with De Gruyter).

Spiritual Matters: American Spiritualism and Material Culture, (under advance contract with University of North Carolina Press).

Material Religion and Digital Humanities: An Introduction, co-edited with Rachel Lindsey (under contract with De Gruyter Press).

Select Articles and Book Chapters

“Jesuits, the Iñupiat, and Catholicism on the Seward Peninsula Coast, 1898–1937,” American Catholic Studies, 130.3 (2019), forthcoming.

"'To battle for human rights': Afro-Creole Spiritualism and Martyrdom," Journal of Africana Religions, 6.2 (2018), 161–189.

"African American Religions in the 19th Century," Oxford Handbook of Religion and Race in American History, Paul Harvey and Kathryn Gin Lum, eds., (Oxford University Press, 2018), 403–419.

"Alternative Religious Movements and Race," in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion in America, Vol. 2, John Corrigan, ed. (Oxford University Press, 2018), 209–228.

"Religion and Race in America," in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, Jon Butler, ed., published online February 2017.

"New World, New Jerusalem, New Orleans: The Apocalyptic Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan," Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association, 55.4 (2014): 432–459.

"Creoles, Catholics, and Color Lines," Journal of Africana Religions, 2.2 (April 2014): 263–270.

"Noble Drew Ali's 'Clean and Pure Nation': The Moorish Science Temple, Identity, and Healing," Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, 16.3 (2013): 31–51.

"The Center for the Study of Southern Religion and Culture: A Historiographical Analysis," Journal of Southern Religion, Volume 14, 2012.

Trained in American religious history, my research  is interdisciplinary, archive- and narrative-driven, and seeks to unpack complicated moments in America’s past. My contribution and place in the field of American religions is being a storyteller and a critic. I am particularly interested in religious material culture, alternative spiritualities, African American religions, American Catholic history, haunting, and colonialism. Other areas of research interest include digital humanities and student-centered pedagogy.