Dr Julia McClure
- Lecturer in Late Medieval/Early Modern Global History (History)
I am an early-modern global historian of the Spanish Empire, specialising in the history of poverty and charity. My work explores the historical construction of poverty as a global project in the early modern period. I examine the ways in which poverty is constructed socially, culturally, legally, and economically, for different projects of state and empire formation. My current book project, Empire of Poverty: The Moral Economy of the Spanish Empire, explores how concepts and institutions of poverty were central to the legitimation, governance, and business of empire.
I have broad interests in the role of law, institutions and cultural practices in shaping patterns of global inequality. I am particularly interested in the socio-economic rights of the poor and the legal history of property and subsistence rights.
I founded the poverty research network which is an inter-disciplinary and international collaboration which aims to deepen our understanding of the historically constructed nature of poverty as a way of offering new insights into how poverty is caused and addressed today. I was the P.I. of an international AHRC/GCRF project, ‘Beyond Development: Local Visions of Global Poverty’. During this project I held workshops in Brazil, Bangladesh, Mexico, Slovenia, and Senegal to investigate the intersection between local conceptions and experiences of poverty in relation to global narratives of development. I organised an exhibition based upon newly commissioned films that challenged stigmatising representations of poverty. I am interesting in exploring new ways in which the arts and humanities can contribute to understandings of poverty and finding new solutions.
Before working at the University of Glasgow, I was a lecturer at the Global History and Culture Centre at the University of Warwick and held postdoctoral fellowships at the European University Institute in Florence and the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History at Harvard.
- 'Markets, Constitutions, and Inequality’ (co. I), GCRF (2018)
- ‘Resilience in genetic and cultural diversity: supporting sustainable indigenous agricultures in Chiapas, Mexico’ (co. I with Rebecca Harrison and Emma Cardwell (P. I)), GCRF (2018)
- Poverty Research Network Project, ‘Beyond Development: Local Visions of Global Poverty’, AHRC/GCRF, £60,000 (2016)
- IAS small research grant from the University of Warwick for the poverty research network (2015)
- EUI Network grant for a Poverty Research Workshop (2014)
I welcome applications from potential PhD candidates in any of my main areas of interest: early-modern global history, colonial Latin America, the Iberian World, poverty, charity, inequality, and institutions.
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. I am the co-designer and convenor of Glasgow’s new pre-honours course ‘Connected Worlds?: An Introduction to Global History’.
Current Undergraduate courses offered at Glasgow:
- ‘A Global History of Charity: From Begging to Basic Income’
- ‘Poverty and Charity in the Spanish Empire
Forthcoming PGT course:
- A Global History of Inequality
- Special Subject ‘The Forging of the Iberian World’
- I have featured on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time, discussing Amerindian rights, slavery and just war in the Valladolid debates
- I have contributed to the BBC History Extra Magazine, responding to the question 'did the age of exploration do more harm than good?'
- I have written on the politics of poverty reduction policies for national media
- For the latest work of my poverty research network, including online exhibition, see www.povertyresearchnetwork.com