Dr Hannah-Louise Clark
- Lecturer in Global Economic and Social History (Economic & Social History)
I joined the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow in January 2019. I research and teach topics in global economic and social history, global economy, and I run Global History Hackathons.
I have almost two decades of experience researching changing economic, social, and political dynamics and global and imperial interconnections in the modern Middle East and North Africa c. 1800-present. I hold PhD and MA degrees in History/History of Science from Princeton University (2014 and 2010), a diploma in Arabic language and culture from the American University in Cairo (2008), an AM degree in Regional Studies-Middle East from Harvard University (2005), and a BA Honours in Modern History from the University of Oxford (2002). I have lived and studied in Algeria, Egypt, France, Lebanon, and Morocco.
Prior to taking up my current post, I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in History at the University of Glasgow (2017-2018). I taught and supervised global and imperial history courses at the University of Oxford as Departmental and College Lecturer in Modern European and World History (2014-2017) and worked at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies (2005-2007).
I am writing the history of global dynamics of health and social welfare, cross-cultural translations of knowledge and professional hierarchies, organizational study of science and bureaucracy, technology transfer, and epidemics.
My past, current and future research focuses on Africa in its Islamic, European, and global contexts c 1800-present, with a particular focus on Algeria.
I bring a specialist focus on neglected archives and Arabic-language sources from Algeria, France, Israel, Morocco, and US to bear on a field that has prioritised sources in European languages. This allows me to document and understand long-term local, regional and transregional trends that have been invisible to other scholars. It also importantly enhances my ability to amplify the voices of populations who have been difficult to find in the archives.
I focus on the everyday work required to produce and maintain colonial political and economic dominance in twentieth-century Algeria. One way I do this is by piecing together the quotidian bureaucratic procedures, forms of accounting, and managerial tracking systems which were supposed to give the colonial state control both over disease and its employees: what colonial-era doctors referred to despairingly as "paperasserie".
My research marries insights from Organizational Studies literature on power and deviance, Science & Technology Studies, history of medicine, history of public health, and history of colonialism to perform systems and financial audits of the colonial state apparatus. This allows me to offer a new way of looking at the role of race and attitudes to religion—Islam in particular—in two major entwined shifts: the medicalisation of welfare and the evolution of the modern bureaucratic state.
I run "Global History Hackathons" for students across the university.
I contribute teaching at all levels of the Economic and Social History subject area, including:
- Lectures on Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia for ESH Level 1
- Honours teaching "Science, Technology and Medicine in the Modern Middle East" (from 2019-2020)
- Middle East-related seminars for MSc "Business in the Global Economy" and "Globalised Economy"
- MSc teaching for "History of Medicine before 1850" and "History of Medicine 1850-2000"
- "Innovation in the Middle East and North Africa" for MInt Global Markets, Local Creativities and MSc Global Economy
- Historical methods and historiography
- Imperial and Global History, 1750-1914
- The Cold War, 1943-1971
- The Middle East in the Age of Empire, 1830-1971
- Science in the Modern World