Princess O’Nika Auguste is a graduate student at the Claremont School of Theology. She is completing a Masters of Theological Studies in Biblical Studies with an interest in Ethics, Gender and Sexuality and Early Christianity and Inter-Religious Dialogue. With a diverse approach to Biblical Studies, Princess’s research incorporates postcolonialism, sexual politics, diasporic studies, critical theory, decoloniality, queer theory,the psychology of migration, cultural studies, historical-critical method, family systems and feminism and womanist interpretations She is particularly interested in the early church fathers, martyrs, virginity and women in early Christianity. Princess O’Nika’s thesis A Feminist Interpretation of Mark 6:21-29 incorporates feminism, sexual politics, the historical-critical method and ethics.
Understanding the Bible is very important. We must be careful how we interpret the text as it can be harmful if we misinterpret. For Princess what is in the text and the cultural and historical context is very important. To understand our present and the future we must understand the past.
Princess O’Nika serves as a student circulation librarian at the Claremont School of Theology Library. Princess O’Nika has lectured on race and racism, women and the early church and Mami Wata. She has presented a paper at the South Asian Studies Association Conference in March of 2018 called the Kama Sutra of Solomon
Princess O’Nika has written publications for Christian Feminism Today. These publications include Being Womanish is Not Bad, Reclaiming Your Story: Mary Magdalene and Lady Gaga’s Judas, Some Thoughts on Modesty, Was Esther a Postcolonial Feminist and Ending the Silence on Sexual Assault. When Princess O’Nika is not studying, reading or writing. You will find her watching documentaries and television shows that are of the science fiction, historical fiction and fantasy genres. You can also catch her blasting music, usually pop, pop rock and R&B. She is a huge fan of Rihanna, Beyonce, Britney Spears, Pink, Madonna, Prince, Solange Knowles, Kimbra and Janelle Monae. Princess is taking a year off from academic work and will be applying to PhD programs in Historical Theology or History.
Princess has named the site Calliope and Clio after the muses of epic poetry and history. If you do not know about the muses, they are the nine daughters of Zeus king of the Greek gods and Mnemosyne, goddess of memory. They are often around their brother Apollos the god of light, arts, music, law, archery, science, healing among other things.