Dr Frances Clarke
BA (Hons) La Trobe PhD JohnsH
A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney
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I was awarded my PhD by Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland in 2002. I then worked as a researcher at the American Historical Association in Washington DC, before taking up my position in the History Department at Sydney University in 2003. Since that time, I have taught units covering a range of topics in American history, from the colonial era through to the turn of the twentieth-century. In 2005, I was awarded a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Award. More recently, my monograph, War Stories: Suffering and Sacrifice in the Civil War North jointly won the AHA’s Hancock Prize for the best first book in any field of history published in 2010 or 2011.
- Nineteenth-century US history
- Civil War and Reconstruction
- War, Trauma, and Memory
- Cultural history
- Gender and race relations in America
- History of childhood
Teaching and supervision
HSTY1023: Emerging Giant, The Making of America
HSTY2656: A House Divided, The American Civil War
HSTY2629: Sex and Scandal
HSTY2657: American Cultural History
HSTY2628: Boom! The History of War (forthcoming, 2014)
HSTY4011: Victorian Culture
HSTY3093: Race & Gender in America I
HSTY3094: Race & Gender in America II
HSTY4011: American Utopias
Experiences and Memories of War
Topics in nineteenth-century US history; the American Civil War and Reconstruction; war and memorialisation; gender and race relations in American history.
I am currently supervising MA and PhD students working on undercover investigative journalists in the US; women in politics in antebellum America; divorce court reporting in Australia and the UK before WWII; the rise of evangelicalism in Australia; US-China bilateral relations in the 1970s and 80s; the history of anaesthesia; and virtue and militarism around the turn of the twentieth century.
In 2012 I began collaborating on a book-length study that examines the history of child soldiers in America, from the Revolution to WWI. In 2013, I will be away on research, working on this project with my co-author, Rebecca Jo Plant (University of California, San Diego).
In addition, we have recently completed a jointly-authored journal article “Enough to Cause a Social Explosion”: Black Protest and the Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s” which is yet to be accepted for publication.
I am working on several additional projects, including an article comparing combat trauma in WWI and the Civil War, and an article discussing the transnational spread of Civil War memory.
Awards and honours
Joint winner of the Australian Historical Association’s biennial Hancock Prize for best work of history by a first time author for War Stories: Suffering and Sacrifice in the Civil War North.
Awarded a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, 2005
- Child Soldiers: The Militarization of American Youth; Clarke F; Andrew W Mellon Foundation (USA)/Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship.
- Child Soldiers: The Militarization of American Youth; Clarke F; Barra Foundation/Barra Foundation International Fellowship.
- Child Soldiers: The Militarization of American Youth; Clarke F; American Antiquarian Society/Lapides Fellowship.
- Child Soldiers: The Militarization of American Youth; Clarke F; Newberry Library/Newberry Library Short Term Collaborative Fellowship.
- Lincoln and the Gendered Implications of Free labor Ideology; Clarke F; University of Sydney/Research Support.
- Citizenship in Civil War America; Clarke F; United States Studies Centre/United States Studies Centre Fellowship.
- The shape and meaning of voluntarism in the civil war north; Clarke F; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).
Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013)
War Stories: Suffering and Sacrifice in the Civil War North (The University of Chicago Press, 2011)