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Kathryn McClymond

Professor    Religious Studies, Chair and Professor    ,

PhD., Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
MA, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
BA. cum laude, History and Literature, Harvard University


Ritual studies, moral injury, comparative study of religion (specializations in Hinduism, Judaism)


McClymond is a comparative scholar of religions, with a particular interest in religion, ritual, and violence. Her current research focuses on moral injury as an experience of military personnel and veterans. Her first book, Beyond Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study of Sacrifice (Georgia Author of the Year Award 2009), argued against prevailing conceptions of sacrifice as a violent, destructive activity.  McClymond is also author of Ritual Gone Wrong: Case Studies in Ritual Disruption (in production with Oxford University Press), which examines ritual mistakes, sabotage, and disruption and their significance for ritual theory.  McClymond is a recipient of the Distinguished Honors Professor Award (2002) and the Outstanding Teaching Award (2006) in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University.  She is a steering committee member of the American Academy of Religion Comparative Studies in Religion Section.


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