Elonda Clay

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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Elonda Clay is an academic librarian, poet, scholar of religion, meditation instructor, and PhD candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands in Theology and Religious Studies. She received her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University (B.S., Physical Science) and has earned graduate degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia (M.A., Library and Information Science), Gammon Theological Seminary, The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia (M.Div.), and the Lutheran School of Theology-Chicago (M.Th. in Religion and Science). Clay's dissertation, “Reel DNA Ancestry in the (United States) Genomic Imaginary: Intermediality and Myth in Media Portrayals of African Americans and Genetic Ancestry” examines the production and content of entertainment media featuring African American consumers of genetic ancestry testing in the United States. Clay currently serves on the AAR steering committees for Media, Religion, and Culture and Critical Approaches to Religion and Hip Hop. She was elected and served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Religion as the 2012-2013 National Student Director. She has been actively involved in AAR and presented twelve conference papers at both national and regional AAR annual meetings. Over the years, she has been active on several committees of the American Academy of Religion, including the Technology Task Force.
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