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Scholarly Interest Report
Niki Clements
Assistant Professor
Watt and Lilly Jackson Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
  • M.T.S. History of Christianity and Religious Ethics (2007) Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA
  • B.A. Philosophy (2003) Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
  • Ph.D. Religion and Critical Thought (2014) Brown University, Providence, RI
Primary Department
   Department of Religion
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Department Affiliations
  • Department of Religion
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles

    Niki Kasumi Clements "“Emotions and Ascetic Formation in John Cassian’s Collationes” ." Studia Patristica, Peeters Publishers, Vols. 75-98 (2017 )

     Editor of books

    Niki Kasumi Clements "Religion: Mental Religion." Macmillan Press (September 2016)


    Seth Brady, John Carmadella, Niki Kasumi Clements, Susan Douglas, Benjamin Marcus, Diane Moore, Nathan Walker "“Religious Studies Companion Document for the C3 Framework” ." College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework: National Council for the Social Studies

     Conference Paper

    "“Form and Feeling in Cassian’s Liturgical Practices,” Patristic, Medieval, Renaissance Conference, Villanova University, Villanova, PA.." (10/14/2017)

     Invited Papers

    "“An Ascetic Art of Living: Extending the Turn to Late Antiquity,”
    Rice Workshop in Humanistic Ethics, Department of Philosophy, Rice University.." (03/25/2017)

     Invited Talks

    "“Medicalizing Melancholia: the Noonday Demon from Antiquity to the Present,” The History & Culture of Diseases and Healing Seminar Series, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health.." (11/28/2017)


    "“Life of Antony & the Politics of Asceticism,” World of Late Antiquity (Maas), Rice University." (03/2017)


    "“Three Historical Stages in the Construction of Melancholia,” Rice Alliance for Mental Health Awareness, Rice University.." (03/2017)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Michael Hayes, PhD "The Metamorphosis of Monsters: Christian Identity in Medieval England and the Life of St Margaret". (2015) (Thesis Committee Member)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Faculty Fellowship, Humanities Research Center, Rice University (2017)

     Outstanding Faculty Associate Award, Jones College, Rice University (04/2017)

     Award for Outstanding Service, Department of Religion, Rice University (05/2017)