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Last Name
Associate Professor of Religion
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American religious history, southern history, African American history
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About Me

Elizabeth Jemison (Ph.D., Harvard) is a historian of American religion. Her research centers on questions of race, gender, and politics in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Christianity. Her first book, Christian Citizens: Reading the Bible in Black and White in the Postemancipation South, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. Her next book project, tentatively titled, Christian Motherhood: Race and Southern Churchwomen’s Organizing during Segregation, will examine how women’s religious groups across racial lines mobilized to defend Christian motherhood with conflicting results from the 1890s through 1940s. Other publications include “Gendering the History of Race and Religion” in the Oxford Handbook on Race and Religion edited by Kathryn Gin Lum and Paul Harvey (Oxford University Press, 2018). Her research has earned support at Clemson from the Humanities Hub, Lightsey Fellowship, and Faculty Development Research and outside of Clemson from the Whiting Foundation and Harvard’s Charles Warren Center. She was a member of the 2015-2017 cohort of the Young Scholars in American Religion Program at IUPUI. She is an affiliated faculty member for the Global Black Studies and Women’s Leadership majors. A dedicated teacher, Jemison received the Provost’s Outstanding Junior Teacher Award in 2022. The College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities awarded her the Advisor of the Year award in 2019 and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2020.

Recent Publications

Christian Citizens: Reading the Bible in Black and White in the Postemancipation South (University of North Carolina Press, 2020)

Public-Facing Writing:

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Emancipation, Gender, Race, Religion, Slavery, Women