Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago
Elonda Clay is a doctoral student in Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia (M.A., Library and Information Science), the Interdenominational Theological Center (M.Div.) and LSTC (M.Th.). She received her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University (B.S., Physical Science) and is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Award, the Fund for Theological Education Doctoral Fellowship, and the Woman of Color Scholarship (UMC).
Clay has been actively involved in AAR for six years and presented ten conference papers at both national and regional AAR annual meetings. Over the past four years, she has actively served on several committees of the American Academy of Religion, including the Technology Task Force and program steering committees for Critical Approaches to Hip Hop and Religion and the Ritual Studies Group.
Clay has published widely, including articles and reviews in the Journal of Religion, Culture and Religion, Black Theology: An International Journal, and the Bulletin for the Study of Religion. She has recently contributed book chapters to edited volumes on religion and ecology as well as media, religion and culture. Her dissertation research focuses on multiple uses of religious and scientific rhetoric in media presentations on DNA ancestry tracing among U.S. African Americans. She also examines the role of DNA test consumption and narratives of genetic return in the formations of new genetic/ethnic identities and diasporic biosocialities through digital media.
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