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Eugene Clay

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Having been raised in New Orleans and Boston, Eugene Clay taught Russian history for several years at universities in Illinois and Colorado.  In 1993 he began teaching religious studies at Arizona State University, where he writes and lectures about religious movements in Russia and Eurasia, the relationship between religion and nationalism, and the encounters of the world religions. He has received honors, grants, and awards from the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Slavic Honors Society, and the International Research and Exchanges Board. He serves as vice-president/president elect of the Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture. He also is an affiliate of the Melikian Center, the Center for Jewish Studies, the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Center for Political Thought and Leadership, and the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict.

Dr. Clay’s research program, focused on the significance of religion in Russia and the former USSR, seeks to integrate Eurasia into the broader scholarly conversation about religion by addressing three major themes. First, he explores the religious vision that animates ordinary people and the ways that they express their faith in art, poetry, and social action. His work has focused on the activities of dissenters and virtuosi, who often advance new ideas or new practices into the religious field. Second, he analyzes the ways religious institutions (such as the Russian Orthodox Church) constantly define and redefine themselves, especially when they become deeply involved in advancing or resisting an imperial enterprise. Finally, he is especially interested in religious encounters between radically different societies on geographical and theological frontiers.

Education

PhD, History, University of Chicago, 1989.

AM, History, University of Chicago, 1982.

AB, History, University of Chicago, 1981.

Videos
Introduction to the Academic Study of Religion
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 207Ritual, Symbol, and Myth
REL 301Comparative Mysticism
REL 494Special Topics
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 343Rel,Nationalism&Ethnic Conflct
REL 371New Testament
REL 379Rel/Nationalism/Ethnic Conflct
REL 493Honors Thesis
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 301Comparative Mysticism
REL 371New Testament
REL 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 207Ritual, Symbol, and Myth
REL 371New Testament
REL 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 371New Testament
REL 379Rel/Nationalism/Ethnic Conflct
REL 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 270Introduction to Christianity
HST 492Honors Directed Study
REL 492Honors Directed Study
REL 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 207Ritual, Symbol, and Myth
REL 270Introduction to Christianity
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 379Rel/Nationalism/Ethnic Conflct
REL 590Reading and Conference