Nancy Nason-Clark

Professor Emerita



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Other titles

Director, RAVE Project

Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark is Professor Emerita of Sociology in the department at the University of New Brunswick. She is the principal investigator of The RAVE Project a research initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment. Nancy received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science in England. She is the author or editor of twelve books, which include:

  • Religion and Intimate Partner Violence:  Understanding the Challenges and Proposing Solutions. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2017; with Fisher-Townsend, Holtmann and McMullen).
  • Men Who Batter (Oxford University Press, 2015; with Fisher-Townsend)
  • Overcoming Conflicting Loyalties (University of Alberta Press, 2015; with Sevcik, Rothery and Pynn)
  • No Place for Abuse: Biblical and Practical Resources to Counteract Domestic Violence (2nd edition, 2010; with Kroeger)
  • Responding to Abuse in the Christian Home (2011; edited with Fisher-Townsend and Kroeger)
  • Refuge from Abuse: Hope and Healing for Abused Christian Women (2004; with Kroeger)
  • The Battered Wife: How Christians Confront Family Violence (1997)
  • Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home (2004; edited with Fisher-Townsend and Kroeger)
  • Feminist Perspectives and Narratives in the Sociology of Religion (2004; edited with Neitz)
  • Understanding Abuse: Partnering for Change (2004; edited with Stirling, Cameron and Miedema)

She has served as President for three international organizations: the Association for the Sociology of Religion (1998-2000), the Religious Research Association (2001-2004), and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2016-2018).  Nancy also served two terms (2000-2006) as editor of the international journal Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review.

Nancy’s research program spans almost 30 years and involves a variety of projects examining the relationship between abuse, religious faith, gender and culture and has taken her to many parts of the world, including India, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean. Over the years she has supervised many award winning graduate students who have gone on to stellar careers of their own.

Selected publications with past graduate students

Nason-Clark, N. and C. Holtmann. (2017). Naming the Abuse, Establishing Networks, and Forging Negotiations:  Contemporary Christian Women and the Ugly Subject of Domestic Violence.  Chapter in A. Day (ed.), Power and Piety in the Anglican Church Worldwide. UK: Ashgate Publishing.

McMullin, S., Nason-Clark, N., Fisher-Townsend, B. and C. Holtmann. 2015. When Violence Hits the Religious Home: Raising Awareness about Domestic Violence in Seminaries and amongst Religious Leaders. Journal of Pastoral Care & Counselling, 69(2):113-124.

Holtmann, C. and N. Nason-Clark (2015). Reconfiguring Stained Glass: Visual Methods and Research on Religion and Domestic Violence. In Roman Williams (ed.) Seeing Religion: Visual Turn in Sociology, pp. 174-191. New York: Rutgers University Press.

Nason-Clark, N., Fisher-Townsend, B., McMullin, S. and C. Holtmann. Family Violence in Canada (2013). Canada. In S. Asay, DeFrain, J., Metzger, M. and B. Moyer, Family Violence from a Global Perspective: Strengths-Based Research and Case Studies. Sage Publications, 182-199.

Nason-Clark, N. and C. Holtmann. (2013). Perpetuating Religion and Culture: Hindu Women. In P. Beyer (ed.) Growing Up Canadian: Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists. Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 145-166.

Beaman, Lori, Nason-Clark, N., and R. Ramji. (2013). The Difference that Gender Makes. Growing Up Canadian: Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists. Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 235-261.

Nason-Clark, N. and C. Holtmann. (2013). Thinking about Cooperation and Collaboration between Diverse Religious and Secular Community Responses to Domestic Violence. In L. Beaman and W. Sullivan (eds.) Varieties of Religious Establishment, 187-200. Farnham (Surrey), United Kingdom: Ashgate Press.

Holtmann, C. and N. Nason-Clark (2012). Preparing for Life: Gender, Religiosity and Education Amongst Second Generation Hindus in Canada. Religion and Gender 2(1):57-79.

Holtmann, C. and N. Nason-Clark. (2011). Religion and Technology: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning. Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal 3(2):105-116.

Nason-Clark, N. and S. McMullin. (2011) A Charge for Church Leadership: Speaking out Against Sexual Abuse and Ministering to Survivors. In A. Schmutzer (ed.) Addressing Sexual Abuse through Pastoral Care. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 211-223.

Nason-Clark, N., McMullin, Steve, Fahlberg, Victoria and Daniel Schaefer (2010). Referrals Between Clergy and Community-based Resources: Challenges and Opportunities, Journal of Family and Community Ministries, 23(4): 50-60.

Nason-Clark, N, Fisher-Townsend, B., Holtmann, C., McMullin, S. and L. Ruff (2009) The RAVE Project: Developing Web-Based Religious Resources for Social Action on Domestic Violence, Critical Social Work.

Fisher-Townsend, Barbara and Nancy Nason-Clark (2008) Getting the Data: Ethics, Cooperation and Interaction in a University-Community Agency Collaboration. CUExpo08. Community-University Partnerships: Connecting for Change. Proceedings of the Third International Community-University Exposition, edited by Darlene Clover and Catherine McGregor, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

Nason-Clark, N. and B. Fisher-Townsend (2007) Women, Gender and Feminism in the Sociology of Religion: Theory, Research and Social Action. In Tony Blasi (ed.) American Sociology of Religion: Histories. Leiden, Holland: Brill Press, 203-222.

Spencer-Arsenault, Michelle and N. Nason-Clark (2007) The Role of Marian Imagery in the Lives of Ordinary Catholic Women. In Pierre Hegy (ed.) Religious Imagery. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 151-161.

Nason-Clark, N. and B. Fisher-Townsend (2005) Chapter 10: Gender. In Helen Rose Ebaugh (ed.) Handbook on Sociology of Religion and Social Institutions, New York: Springer, pp. 207-223.

Nason-Clark, N., N. Murphy, B. Fisher-Townsend and L. Ruff (2004). An Overview of the Characteristics of the Clients at a Faith-Based Batterers’ Intervention Program. Journal of Religion and Abuse, 5(4): 51-72.

Beaman, L. and N. Nason-Clark (1999) “Evangelical Women as Activists: Their Response to Violence Against Women,” pp. 111-132, in L. Beaman, Shared Beliefs, Different Lives: Women’s Identities in Evangelical Context. St. Louis, Missouri: Challice Press.

Miedema, B. and N. Nason-Clark (1999) “Mothering for the State: Three Stories of Working Class Foster Mothers,” pp. 263-278, in Feminist Success Stories, edited by Karen Blackford. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.

Supervision areas

Nancy is no longer accepting new graduate students for supervision, but she is willing to serve on thesis or dissertation committees.