Dr Frances M Clarke

BA (Hons) La Trobe PhD JohnsH
Senior Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

After receiving my doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in 2002, I worked for a year as a researcher for the American Historical Association in Washington D.C. In 2003, I took up a lectureship in the University of Sydney’s History Department. Since that time, I have taught courses on a range of topics in U.S. history, from the colonial era through to the early twentieth century. My research specialties include the history of the American Civil War and Reconstruction era; war, memory, and trauma; the history of childhood; and the social, cultural, and political history of the nineteenth-century U.S. My first book, War Stories: Suffering and Sacrifice in the Civil War North (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012), jointly won the AHA’s biennial Hancock prize for the best first book in any field of history. I subsequently began a series of collaborations with Associate Professor Rebecca Jo Plant (UCSD), first to write about the racial politics of war memory in the interwar U.S. and, more recently, to examine debates over youth enlistment in post-Revolutionary America.

Research interests

  • Nineteenth-century U.S. history
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • War, Trauma, and Memory
  • The political, cultural, and social history of warfare
  • Gender and race relations in America
  • History of childhood
  • Cultural history

Teaching and supervision

Junior Units:

  • HSTY1023: Emerging Giant, The Making of America

Senior Units:

  • HSTY2656: A House Divided, The American Civil War
  • HSTY2629: Sex and Scandal
  • HSTY2657: American Cultural History
  • HSTY2628: Boom! The History of War

Honours Units:

  • HSTY4011: Victorian Culture
  • HSTY3093: Race & Gender in America I
  • HSTY3094: Race & Gender in America II
  • HSTY4011: American Utopias

Postgraduate Seminars:

  • Experiences and Memories of War
  • Historiography and Historical Thought
  • Completing the Thesis

Supervisions

Topics in U.S. history generally, especially the American Civil War and Reconstruction, war and memorialization; gender and race relations.

PhD and M.A. Completions

  • 2017 Claire Selwood, “Divorce Law and Divorce Culture in New South Wales, 1900-1939.”
  • 2017 Liz Ingleson, “The End of Isolation: Rapprochement, Globalisation and American Trade with China, 1972-1979.”
  • 2016 Danielle Thyer, “Reporting the ‘Unvarnished Truth’: the Origins and Transformation of Undercover Investigative Journalism in Nineteenth Century New York,” PhD.
  • 2015 Elizabeth Miller, “A Planting of the Lord: Contemporary Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Australia,” PhD.
  • 2014 Lauren N. Haumesser, “Democratic Women in the Second Party System: 1824-1856,” M.A. (Res.)

Honours Completions

  • 2017 Serena May, “Men of Limits, Not Principles? From Algeria to Mississippi: An Historical Comparison of Albert Camus and William Faulkner,” B.A. (Honours first class)
    2017 Gabrielle Warwick, “The Conferences for Education in the South: The Common School and the Reconstruction of American Citizenship,” B.A. (Honours Second Class)
    2017 Jack Dillon, “Interrogating Loyalty: The Southern Claims Commission, Law and Loss in Postbellum America,” B.A. (Honours first class).
    2017 Ulduz Salmadova, “Banishing Children of ‘Tender Years’ from the Workplace: Examining Child Labor Legislation in Nineteenth-Century New South Wales,” B.A. (Honours First Class).
  • 2014 Adele McInerney, “The Idealisation of Haiti in the Black Press, 1827-160,” B.A. (Honours First Class).
  • 2014 Christina White, “‘A Country so Clothed With Majesty, so Bathed in Perpetual Sunshine’: Women, Nature, and Manifest Destiny in 1850s California,” B.A. (Honours First Class).
  • 2014 Eloise Atkin, “The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory,” B.A. (Honours Second Class).
  • 2014 Rebekah Harris, “The Import of Thy Letter’: Joseph John Burney and Epistolary Humanitarianism, 1780-1850,” B.A. (Honours First Class).
  • 2012 Mary Willet, “The Word of a Gentleman and the Oath of a Patriot: Military Parole in the American Civil War,” B.A. (Honours First Class).
  • 2012 Lucienne Guyot, “‘Fighting My Way Through’: Northern Rural Women in the American Civil War,” B.A. (Honours First Class).
  • 2012 Zoe Fitzgerald, “A Tale of Two Haitis: Representations of an Island Republic in the American Press,” B.A. (Honours First Class).
  • 2012 Joshua Levin, “Much Ado About Nothing: British Non-Intervention During The American Civil War,” B.A. (Honours First Class). University Medal Winner.
  • 2010 Matthew Ainsworth, “The Shifting Elements of Identity in Pre- and Post-Revolutionary America,” B.A. (Honours First Class).
  • 2009 Katherine Connelly, “The Wide, Free World of Men: Gender and the Nineteenth-Century American Saloon,” B.A. (Honours First Class)
  • 2009 Victoria Broomfield, “Tipped Off: The Controversial Early History of American Social Gratuities,” B.A. (Honours Second Class)
  • 2009 Christopher Beshara, “The Hidden History of Black Militant Abolitionism in Antebellum Boston,” B.A. (Honours First Class). University Medal Winner.
  • 2008 Richard L’Estrange, “No Fools Errand: Albion Tourgee’s Radical Understanding of Race, Education and Democratic Citizenship in the American South During Reconstruction and its Aftermath,” B.A. (Honours First Class)
  • 2008 Julia Bowes, “The Fourth Art of Government: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Advice on Child Rearing Between 1930 and 1962.” B.A. (Honours First Class)
  • 2008 Julia Wood, “The Evolution of the Dime Novel Western: The Impact of Social Darwinism in America, 1865-1888,” B.A. (Honours First Class)
  • 2008 Eve Carroll Dwyer, “Putting the Man in Female Emancipation: Feminist Men and Manhood in the Woman’s Journal and the Early American Suffrage Movement,” B.A. (Honours First Class)
  • 2008 Naomi Hart, “The Priceless, Perishing Souls of Our Poor Sailor Brothers,” B.A. (Honours First Class). University Medal Winner.
  • 2007 Shane Greentree, “From Viragos to Feminists: The Reception and Legacy of Catherine Macaulay and Mary Wollstonecraft B.A.” (Honours Second Class)
  • 2007 Vania Chew, “From Europe to America: Patriotic Womanhood and the Rise of the Athletic Revival,” B.A. (Honours First Class)
  • 2007 Ryan Middlemas, “Fatal Attraction: Dark Tourism and Morbid Media in the American Civil War,” B.A. (Honours Second Class)
  • 2007 Kate McKee, “Gossip, Rumours and Reputation: Identity in the American Civil War South,” B.A. (Honours First Class)
  • 2007 Amy Satchell, “Staging Gender: How Theatre Helped to Define and Defend Men and Women of Antebellum New York,” B.A. (Honours First Class).
  • 2005 Altin Gavronovic, “Masters of Lost Worlds: Southern Slave-holders sfter the Civil War,” B.A. (Honours First Class). University Medal winner.
  • 2005 Poppy J. Bourne, “White Queen White Empire: True Womanhood & Imperialism at the Turn of the Nineteenth-Century,” B.A. (Honours First Class)
  • 2005 Katherine Courtney, “The New Woman Comes Into Her Own: Women’s Suffrage Parading in New York City, 1910-1917,” B.A. (Honours First Class)
  • 2005 Karen Gambian, “Motherhood and the Movement: Responses to the Declining Birth Rate in Australia and the United States 1890-1910,” B.A. (Honours First Class)
  • 2004 Allison Blake, “John Brown’s Body: Northern Manhood and the Legacy of the Harper’s Ferry Raid,” B.A. (Honours First Class)

Current projects

I am currently working on a number of collaborative projects with Rebecca Jo Plant. For the past few years, we have been writing a book that examines debates over the enlistment age in nineteenth-century America. We have plans to extend this research to a second monograph that focuses on why societies like the U.S. came to applaud and sentimentalize their own history of employing young people in combat roles while condemning that usage in developing nations. In addition, we are developing a study that examines the roots and functioning of America’s military justice system from its founding in the 1770s to its transformation in the 1980s.

Awards and honours

2016

Association of Black Women Historians' Letitia Woods Brown Article Prize for “‘The Crowning Insult’: Federal Racism and the Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s,” Journal of American History.

2015

Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' Annual Article Prize for the best work on women, gender & sexuality for "'The Crowning Insult': Federal Racism and the Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s," Journal of American History.

2012

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.

2005

Awarded a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award.

International links

United States

(University of California, San Diego) Extensive collaboration on book and article projects with Associate Professor Rebecca Jo Plant

Selected grants

2018

  • Debating Youth Enlistment in Civil War America; Clarke F; DVC Research/Thompson Fellowships.

2015

  • Child Soldiers: Militarism and American Youth; Clarke F, Plant R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • Child Soldiers: Militarism and American Youth; Clarke F, Plant R; American Council of Learned Societies (USA)/ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship.

2014

  • Debating militarism & the use of child soldiers in America; Clarke F; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2012

  • Child Soldiers: The Militarization of American Youth; Clarke F; Newberry Library/Newberry Library Short Term Collaborative Fellowship.
  • Child Soldiers: The Militarization of American Youth; Clarke F; American Antiquarian Society/Lapides 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; Andrew W Mellon Foundation (USA)/Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship.

2009

  • Lincoln and the Gendered Implications of Free labor Ideology; Clarke F; University of Sydney/Research Support.

2008

  • Citizenship in Civil War America; Clarke F; United States Studies Centre/United States Studies Centre Fellowship.

2004

  • The shape and meaning of voluntarism in the civil war north; Clarke F; DVC Research/Research and Development Scheme: Newly Appointed Staff (NAS).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Clarke, F. (2011). War Stories: Suffering and Sacrifice in the Civil War North. Chicago, US: The University of Chicago Press. [More Information]

Edited Books

  • McDonnell, M., Corbould, C., Clarke, F., Brundage, W. (2013). Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press.

Book Chapters

  • Clarke, F., Moyd, M., Plant, R. (2018). Moral Panic versus Moral Blindness: Responses to Children's Militarization in Uganda and the U.S. (forthcoming). In Micol Seigel (Eds.), Global Moral Panics. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.
  • Clarke, F. (2013). Old-Fashioned Tea Parties: Revolutionary Memory in Civil War Sanitary Fairs. In Michael A. McDonnell, Clare Corbould, Frances M. Clarke, W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Eds.), Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War, (pp. 294-312). Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press.
  • McDonnell, M., Corbould, C., Clarke, F., Brundage, W. (2013). The Revolution in American Life from 1776 to the Civil War. In Michael A. McDonnell, Clare Corbould, Frances M. Clarke, W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Eds.), Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War, (pp. 1-15). Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press.
  • Clarke, F. (2002). 'Honorable Scars': Northern Amputees and the Meaning of Civil War Injuries. In Paul A. Cimbala and Randall M. Miller (Eds.), Union Soldiers and the Northern Home Front: Wartime Experiences and Postwar Adjustments, (pp. 361-393). New York: Fordham University Press.

Journals

  • Clarke, F., Plant, R. (2017). No Minor Matter: Underage Soldiers, Parents, and the Nationalization of Habeas Corpus in Civil War America. Law and History Review, 35(4), 881-927. [More Information]
  • Clarke, F., Plant, R. (2017). No Minor Matter: Underage Soldiers, Parents, and the Nationalization of Habeas Corpus in the Civil War America. Law and History Review, 35(4), 881-927. [More Information]
  • Clarke, F. (2016). Feeling the Pain: Coming to Terms with Suffering in America's Civil War. J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, 4(1), 181-189. [More Information]
  • Plant, R., Clarke, F. (2015). "The Crowning Insult": Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s. Journal of American History, 102(2), 406-432. [More Information]
  • Clarke, F. (2011). Forgetting the Women: Debates over Female Patriotism in the Aftermath of America's Civil War. Journal of Women's History, 23(2), 64-86. [More Information]
  • Clarke, F. (2007). So Lonesome I Could Die: Nostalgia and Debates Over Emotional Control in the Civil War North. Journal Of Social History, 41(2), 253-282.
  • Clarke, F. (2006). 'Let All Nations See': Civil War Nationalism and the Memorialization of Wartime Voluntarism. Civil War History, 52(1), 66-93.

2018

  • Clarke, F., Moyd, M., Plant, R. (2018). Moral Panic versus Moral Blindness: Responses to Children's Militarization in Uganda and the U.S. (forthcoming). In Micol Seigel (Eds.), Global Moral Panics. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press.

2017

  • Clarke, F., Plant, R. (2017). No Minor Matter: Underage Soldiers, Parents, and the Nationalization of Habeas Corpus in Civil War America. Law and History Review, 35(4), 881-927. [More Information]
  • Clarke, F., Plant, R. (2017). No Minor Matter: Underage Soldiers, Parents, and the Nationalization of Habeas Corpus in the Civil War America. Law and History Review, 35(4), 881-927. [More Information]

2016

  • Clarke, F. (2016). Feeling the Pain: Coming to Terms with Suffering in America's Civil War. J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, 4(1), 181-189. [More Information]

2015

  • Plant, R., Clarke, F. (2015). "The Crowning Insult": Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s. Journal of American History, 102(2), 406-432. [More Information]

2013

  • Clarke, F. (2013). Old-Fashioned Tea Parties: Revolutionary Memory in Civil War Sanitary Fairs. In Michael A. McDonnell, Clare Corbould, Frances M. Clarke, W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Eds.), Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War, (pp. 294-312). Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press.
  • McDonnell, M., Corbould, C., Clarke, F., Brundage, W. (2013). Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press.
  • McDonnell, M., Corbould, C., Clarke, F., Brundage, W. (2013). The Revolution in American Life from 1776 to the Civil War. In Michael A. McDonnell, Clare Corbould, Frances M. Clarke, W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Eds.), Remembering the Revolution: Memory, History, and Nation Making from Independence to the Civil War, (pp. 1-15). Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts Press.

2011

  • Clarke, F. (2011). Forgetting the Women: Debates over Female Patriotism in the Aftermath of America's Civil War. Journal of Women's History, 23(2), 64-86. [More Information]
  • Clarke, F. (2011). War Stories: Suffering and Sacrifice in the Civil War North. Chicago, US: The University of Chicago Press. [More Information]

2007

  • Clarke, F. (2007). So Lonesome I Could Die: Nostalgia and Debates Over Emotional Control in the Civil War North. Journal Of Social History, 41(2), 253-282.

2006

  • Clarke, F. (2006). 'Let All Nations See': Civil War Nationalism and the Memorialization of Wartime Voluntarism. Civil War History, 52(1), 66-93.

2002

  • Clarke, F. (2002). 'Honorable Scars': Northern Amputees and the Meaning of Civil War Injuries. In Paul A. Cimbala and Randall M. Miller (Eds.), Union Soldiers and the Northern Home Front: Wartime Experiences and Postwar Adjustments, (pp. 361-393). New York: Fordham University Press.

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