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, where I research and teach global economic and social history, and run Global History Hackathons.

I have 16 years' 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).

Research interests

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.


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Clark, H.-L. (2020) Of jinn theory and germ theory: translating bacteriological medicine and Islamic law in Algeria. Osiris, (Accepted for Publication)

Clark, H.-L. (2016) Expressing entitlement in colonial Algeria: villagers, medical doctors, and the state in the early 20th century. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 48(3), pp. 445-472. (doi: 10.1017/S002074381600043X)

Clark, H.-L. (2016) Administering vaccination in interwar Algeria: medical auxiliaries, smallpox, and the colonial state in the Communes mixtes. French Politics, Culture and Society, 34(2), pp. 32-56. (doi: 10.3167/fpcs.2016.340203)

Clark, H.-L. (2013) Civilization and syphilization: a doctor and his disease in colonial Morocco. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 87(1), pp. 86-114. (doi: 10.1353/bhm.2013.0003) (PMID:23603530)

Research Reports or Papers

Clark, H.-L. , Gambell, S., Mucha, F. , MacLean, R., Rankin, M. and Rowan, R. (2019) Global History Hackathon Playbook Version 1.1: Practical Guidance for Hosting a Hackathon for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Project Report. University of Glasgow, Glasgow. (Unpublished)

Conference Proceedings

Clark, H.-L. (2014) Soigner au bled: cadres et éducateurs en médecine en Algérie pendant l’époque coloniale. In: Colloque International sur les Politiques de Santé, Algiers, 18-19 Jan 2014,

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My research has been recognised and supported by numerous funding agencies and academic organisations.

Major awards

2016/17: The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship

2010: US Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, award no. P022A0100038  

2007: US Department of Education, Center for Arabic Study Abroad Full-Year Fellowship

Recent smaller research and travel grants

2018: ‘Global History Hackathons: Doing Global History through Glasgow’s Local Archives and Museum Collections,’ University of Glasgow's Learning & Teaching Development Fund (small bid)

2018: Maurice Amado Foundation Travel Grant to support attendance at Association for Jewish Studies annual conference

2018: Society for the Social History of Medicine bursary




I teach and supervise students for the following degrees:

  • MSc in Global Economy
  • MInt in Global Markets, Local Creativities
  • MSc History
  • MSc History of Medicine

I welcome enquiries from potential postgraduates in the following areas:

  • History of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Arab, Jewish, Muslim relations with Europe
  • Bureaucracy and paperwork
  • Global health and healthcare
  • Knowledge and technology transfer
  • Imperialism and colonialism 


Current teaching

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

Past teaching 

  • 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

Additional information

Recent presentations and invited papers

  • September 2019: "From Colonial Health to One Health: Alec Haddow Zika Collection" with Moira Rankin, Global Health Collections Workshop, Wellcome Trust and Jisc, London
  • April 2019: "Global History Hackathons: Doing Global History through Glasgow’s Local Archives and Museum Collections," joint JISC and Scottish Universities Special Collections and Archive Group event Archive Inspirations: Using New Technologies to Exploit Archive Collections, Glasgow
  • April 2019: "Algeria’s Other Doctors," Power in Medicine, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany 
  • January 2019: "Men of Science in Algiers," Medical Mobilities in the Middle East and North Africa, 1830-1960 workshop, Hebrew University and Israel Science Foundation, Israel/Palestine 
  • December 2018: "Recovering Jewish Lives and Livelihoods in the History of Medicine in Algeria," Association for Jewish Studies annual meeting, Boston, MA, USA
  • July 2018: "Pasteur and the Prophet: Islam, Colonial Power, and the Limits of Cross-Cultural Dialogue in North Africa," Society for the Social History of Medicine conference, University of Liverpool