Religious Studies, Georgia State University
Kathryn McClymond is Professor and Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. McClymond is a comparative historian of religion, with a special emphasis on Vedic and Jewish ritual. 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 (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 co-chair of the American Academy of Religion Comparative Studies in Religion Section.