Dr Julia McClure
- Lecturer in Late Medieval/Early Modern History (History)
telephone: ext. 4916
I specialise in the global history of poverty and charity, with a particular focus on the Spanish Empire. I am particularly interested in the historical constructions of poverty and the intersection between strategies and institutions of poverty alleviation and power. In my current book project, The Poor Atlantic, I explore the role of poverty and charity in the making of the Spanish Empire. I have particular interests in global intellectual history and the socio-cultural history of religion. I have worked extensively on the global history of the Franciscan Order and more recently I have focused upon the transatlantic history of penitential confraternities.
Before working at the University of Glasgow I was part of the Global History and Culture Centre at the University of Warwick. I also worked at the European University Institute in Florence as a Max Weber Fellow, where I developed my interdisciplinary approach to poverty research, and at Harvard's Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, where I studied new methodologies in global history.
In my research I aim to deepen our understanding of the historically constructed nature of poverty and explore the historical role of poverty in the making of the modern world. I founded the poverty research network, and am the P.I. of an international AHRC project, ‘Beyond Development: Local Visions of Global Poverty’. We are in the process of holding workshops on narratives of poverty worldwide, investigating the intersection between local conceptions and experiences of poverty global narratives. If you want to get involved in any of the projects of the poverty research network please get in touch.
I have taught broadly on pre-modern global history and the late medieval and early modern history of the Iberian World and the Spanish Empire.
- Current Undergraduate Modules offered at Glasgow:
- Honours module ‘Poverty and Charity in the Spanish Empire
- Past Modules:
- Special Subject ‘The Forging of the Iberian World’
I am happy to supervise post graduate research projects broadly related to the Iberian world, the formation of the Spanish Empire, transatlantic exchanges, the early modern history of poverty and charity, and early modern global history.