Dr. McClymond at LASS 2023 with students
Dr. McClymond learns about student research projects at the annual Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium.

Dr. Kathryn McClymond has published and presented nationally and internationally in the area of religious studies and historical research. She has published several books and authored multiple articles and chapters, as well as reference entries. Her current research, “From Swaddling to Shroud: Quilted Expressions of Ritual Moments,” is in progress.

Edited volume

Moral Injury and the Humanities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, eds. Andrew I. Cohen and Kathryn McClymond, currently in production with Routledge Press.


Ritual Gone Wrong: What We Learn from Ritual Disruption. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Beyond Sacred Violence: A Comparative Study of Sacrifice. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. (Georgia Author of the Year Award winner, 2009)

Articles & Chapters

“Introduction: Remembering J.Z. Smith – Shaping our Field and Our Work in the Comparative Study of Religion” in Remembering J.Z. Smith: A Career and its Consequence, eds. Emily D. Crews and Russell T. McCutcheon, Equinox Publishers, 2020, pp. 17-18.

Future of Religious Studies,” Religion, Special Issue, ed. Michael Strausberg. Taylor & Francis Group, Published online 10 November 2019.

“‘Sacrifice’ in the Trump Era,” Special issue: “Sacrifice and Religion,” ed. Daniel Ullucci. Religions 2019 10 (1).

Conversation: Student Self-Authorship and the Goals of Higher Education” with Kathleen Fisher and Richard Newton, Teaching Theology and Religion vol. 22:2 (April 2019).

“Resting-State Brain Fluctuation and Functional Connectivity Dissociate Moral Injury from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder” Analysis of fMRI data to investigate the relationship between moral injury scores and resting-state fMRI activations.

Delin Sun, Rachel D. Phillips, Hannah L. Mulready, Stephen T. Zablonski, Jessica A. Turner, Matthew D. Turner, Kathryn McClymond, Jason A. Nieuwsma, Rajendra A. Morey. Depression and Anxiety 2019.

“Comparison as Conversation and Craft,” Religions vol. 9 (2), Special Issue “Methodical Aspects of Comparison,” ed. Oliver Freiberger, 2018.

“Fascination of Sacrifice” in Sacrifice in Modernity: Community, Ritual, Identity. Eds. Joachim Duyndam, Anne-Marie Korte, and Marcel Poorthuis. Brill: Leiden, October 2016: 327-333.

The Chosen: Defining American Jewish Identity” in Chaim Potok, The Chosen 50th Anniversary Edition. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2016: 353-371 (Reprint).

“Sacrifice” Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, ed. Bas van der Mije. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2015: 264-270.

“Sacrifice” in Ashgate Research Companion to Anthropology, eds. Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern. Ashgate, 2015: 85-97.

“Moral Injury: A Case Study in Religion & Violence,” with Tony Lemieux in Faith, War and Violence, ed. Gabriel R. Ricci. Religion and Public Life series vol. 39. Transaction Publishers, 2014: 165-177.

The Chosen: Defining American Jewish Identity,” in Daniel Walden, Chaim Potok: Confronting Modernity Through the Lens of Tradition. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2013: 3-19 (Reprint).

“Sacrifice and Science” in Science and the World’s Religions vol. 2: Persons and Groups, eds., Patrick McNamara and Wesley J. Wildman. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2012, 183-202. Co-authored with Dr. David Bell.

“Violence and Sacrifice,” The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence, ed. Andrew R. Murphy. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2011: 320-330.

“Don’t Cry Over Spilled Blood: Ritual Correction in the Mishnah” in Ancient Mediterranean Sacrifice, eds. Zsuzsa Varhelyi and Jennifer Knust. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011: 235-250.

“Negotiating Ritual Repair: The prāyaścitta Material in the Baudhāyana Śrauta Sūtra” in Negotiating Rites, ed. Ute Hüsken and Frank Neubert, Ritual Studies International Series. Cambridge, Oxford University Press, 2011: 191-211.

“Saddam’s Execution as Sacrifice” in Sacrifice Between Life and Death,ed. Walter Schweidler. Berlin: Sankt Augustin, 2009: 247-270.

“Ritual” in Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, eds., Studying Hinduism: Key Concepts and Methods. London and New York: Routledge, 2008: 314-326.

The Chosen: Defining American Jewish Identity,” Shofar volume 25, number 2 (Winter 2007), 4-23.

 “You Are Where You Eat: Food, Utopia, and Hindus in America” in Eating in Eden, Martha Finch and Etta Madden, eds. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2006: 89-106.

“Ritual and Power in Monsignor Quixote: A Ritual Studies Approach,” Journal of Ritual Studies volume 20, number 1 (2006), 11-20.

“The Nature and Elements of Sacrificial Ritual,” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion volume16, number 4(Winter 2004), 337-366.

“Death Be Not Proud: Reevaluating the Role of Killing in Sacrifice,” The International Journal of Hindu Studies volume 6, number 3 (December 2002), 221-242.

“The Gospel According to Oprah” in Religion and Entertainment, ed. C. K. Robertson. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2002: 173-192.

“Religion and the Arts,” Bucknell Review vol. XLVI, no. 1. Special volume: Art and the Religious Impulse (Summer 2002), 26-41.

“Differing Intentions in Vedic and Jewish Sacrifice,” The Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies volume IV (2001), 23-38.

“Marketing Gender Awareness in the Classroom,” Epochē: Journal for the Study of Religions, volume 21, number 1 (Fall 1998), 13-18.

Public Scholarship

Listening for Religious Diversity: The Religious Sounds Map Project and ATLMaps,” Atlanta Studies. 

Reference Entries

“Sacrifice in Christianity,” “Sacrifice in Judaism,” and “Sacrifice in Hinduism” entries in Encyclopedia of Love, ed. Yudit Greenberg (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2007).

“Critical Thinking in Religious Studies” in Critical Thinking in College, eds. George W. Rainbolt and Sandra L. Dwyer. Mason, OH, Thomson: 2007, 254-256.

 “Hinduism” in The New Georgia Encyclopedia (on-line), last updated March 10, 2006.


Review. Russell T. McCutcheon, “Religion” In Theory and Practice. Reviewed for Religion. In process.

Review. Ithamor Theodor and Yudit Greenberg, eds. Dharma and Halacha. Reviewed for Journal of Vaishnava Studies, in press.

Review. Benjamin E. Zeller, Marie W. Dallam, Reid L. Neilson, & Nora L. Rubel, eds. Religion, Food, & Eating in North America. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. Reviewed for Material Religion vol. 12, no. 4 (December 2016), 527-528.

Review. Daniel C. Ullucci. The Christian Rejection of Animal Sacrifice. Oxford University Press. 2012. Reviewed for The Journal of Religion (July 2014).

Review: Kelly Denton-Borhaug. U.S. War-culture, Sacrifice and Salvation. Equinox Publishing Limited: 2011. Reviewed for Politics and Religion Vol. 6, no. 1 (March 2013), 224-226. (Published in conjunction with the American Political Science Association’s Religion and Politics Section)

Review: Douglas Hedley, Sacrifice Imagined: Violence, Atonement, and the Sacred.New York: Continuum: 2011. Reviewed for Journal of Religion Vol. 93, no. 3 (July 2013), 393-399.

Review: Guy Stroumsa, The End of Sacrifice: Religious Transformations in Late Antiquity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. Reviewed for Religion 40, no. 3 (July 2010), 221-222.

Review: When Rituals Go Wrong: Mistakes, Failure, and the Dynamics of Ritual. Ute Hüsken, ed. Numen  Book Series: Studies in the History of Religion, vol. 115. Brill: Leiden, 2007. Reviewed for Numen 56 (2009), 507-509.

Review: Indo-Judaic Studies in the Twenty-First Century: A View from the Margins. Reviewed for Numen 55, no. 1 (2008), 105-107.

Review: Bound by the Bible: Jews, Christians and the Sacrifice of Isaac. Reviewed for Religion 35 (2005) 266-271.

Review: Contesting Sacrifice: Religion, Nationalism, and Social Thought in France in Journal of the American Academy of Religion Volume 72, Issue 3 (September 2004), 798-799.

Review: The Stranger Within Your Gates. Gary G. Porton. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.  Reviewed for Epochē: Journal for the Study of Religions XIX (1994), 130-132.