Elizabeth A. Clark

In Memoriam

September 8, 2021

Elizabeth A. Clark, the John Carlisle Kilgo Professor Emerita of Religion and Professor of History at Duke University, passed away early this month. A longtime and active member of the AAR, she served on multiple program units and on the board of directors as president of the AAR in 1990. 

From Duke University's Center for Late Ancient Studies

"Professor Clark’s legacy extends far beyond her considerable contributions as a scholar, mentor, and teacher. She was a founding editor of the Journal for Early Christian Studies, now a premier journal in the field. Past president of the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History, and the North American Patristics Society, she has also received honorary doctorates from the University of Uppsala (2003) and Yale University (2013). Over the course of her career, she was awarded numerous fellowships, including from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. In 2003, she received the Distinguished Career Award from the American Society of Church History and she earned the Distinguished Service Award of the North American Patristic Society in 2006. In 2010, she received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Duke University Graduate School."