Head of School - Humanities
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts
Jennifer Clark is an historian of American and Australian cultural history, interested in American history of the Early National Period, particularly the rise of national identity and the Anglo-American relationship. Her work on Australian history focuses on the 1950s and 1960s including topics related to race, science education and automotive history including memorial culture. She also works on History pedagogy.
Her most recent work explores four areas: the History of the Council for Aboriginal Rights, a Victorian organisation established in 1951; memorial culture and the motoring life; the social history of Holden; and History pedagogy especially related to the application of discipline standards and teaching for social justice.
Inquiries are welcome from Masters and PhD candidates interested in: Australian History of the post-war period; Memorial culture; Automotive History; History pedagogy; Anglo-American transnational history.
My current projects include:
- People, Places and Promises: Social Histories of Holden in Australia.
This project involves taking 100 oral histories of workers at the Holden factories in South Australia and Victoria. Funded by an ARC Linkage Grant, with Holden, the National Library and the National Motor Museum as partners, the project will construct social histories of the Holden working experience.
- Yours faithfully: Letter writing and the first ten years of the Council for Aboriginal Rights.
This project examines the first ten years of the Council for Aboriginal Rights through a close analysis of correspondence written while Shirley Andrews was the Honorary Secretary between 1951 and 1961.The project examines the correspondence as much for what it says about epistolary practices as for the information about CAR that it contains. As a result, this history offers new insights into the organisation while at the same time exploring how letter-writing dictated the rhythm and the results of Australia’s first nationally focused organisation to promote civil rights for Aborigines.
- Just History
This research examines how History pedagogy in Universities includes a social justice agenda. An edited collection of essays will give voice to a number of historians who teach with social justice in mind. The essays will contextualise their approach within the parameters of their own experience and their discipline specialty.
Date Position Institution name 2015 Head, School of Humanities University of Adelaide 2014 - 2015 Executive Director, Teaching and Learning Support University of New England 2013 - 2015 Professor of History University of New England 2009 - 2014 Academic Director University of New England 1991 - 1991 Lecturer Flinders University 1986 - 2008 Lecturer University of New England 1985 - 1985 Tutor University of Sydney
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2015 Fellowship Redmond Barry Fellowship (University of Melbourne and State Library of Victoria) — — — 2006 Award Carrick Australian Award for University Teaching, Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning [Sustained commitment to achieving the highest quality student learning in Modern History by consciously teaching critical thinking skills in innovative and creative ways] — — — 2004 Teaching Award Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching — — —
Language Competency French Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title — University of Sydney Australia BA (Hons) — University of Sydney Australia Dip Ed — University of Sydney Australia PhD
Year Citation 2018 Clark, J., & Nye, A. (2018). Teaching the Discipline of History in an Age of Standards. Springer. 2013 Clark, J. (2013). The American Idea of England, 1776-1840: Transatlantic Writing. Abingdon, Oxon: Ashgate Publishing. 2008 Clark, J. (2008). Aborigines & Activism Race, Aborigines & the Coming of the Sixties to Australia. Pearson Deutschland GmbH. 2007 Roadside Memorials A Multidisciplinary Approach (2007). . 1999 Clark, J. (1999). Safe and Mobile Introductory Studies in Traffic Safety.
Year Citation 2019 Clark, J. (2019). The Far Left and the Fight for Aboriginal Rights: The formation of the Council for Aboriginal Rights, 1951. In J. Piccini, E. Smith, & M. Worley (Eds.), The Far Left in Australia since 1945 (pp. 99-117). Abingdon: Routledge. 2018 Clark, J., & Nye,, A. (2018). The Three Contexts of Writing about History Teaching. In J. Clark, & A. Nye (Eds.), Teaching the Discipline of History in an Age of Standards (pp. 1-19). Singapore: Springer. 2018 Clark, J., Jones, A., Thomas, T., Allen, P., Cole, B., Lawrence, J., . . . Wallace, J. (2018). Teaching the History Threshold Learning Outcomes to First-Year Students. In J. Clark, & A. Nye (Eds.), Teaching the Discipline of History in an Age of Standards (pp. 59-87). Singapore: Springer. 2018 Nye, A., & Clark, J. (2018). Leadership: Enabling Leadership in the Teaching and Learning of History in Higher Education. In J. Clark, & A. Nye (Eds.), Teaching the Discipline of History in an Age of Standards (pp. 185-195). Singapore: Springer. 2016 Clark, J. (2016). Travel writing. In J. Straub (Ed.), Handbook of Transatlantic North American Studies (pp. 251-265). Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
2016 Clark, J. (2016). "Black ribbon of death": A longitudinal study of roadside memorials on the Pacific Highway, Australia. In U. Frederick, & A. Clarke (Eds.), That Was Then, This Is Now: Contemporary Archaeology and Material Cultures in Australia (pp. 62-80). United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2015 Clark, J. (2015). Methodism and the challenge of 'the sixties'. In G. O'Brien, & H. Carey (Eds.), Methodism in Australia: A History (pp. 149-165). United Kingdom: Routledge. 2012 Clark, J. (2012). Objects of subversion: contested spaces, competing stories and the material culture of motoring. In S. Dudley, A. Barnes, J. Binnie, J. Petrov, & J. Walklate (Eds.), Narrating Objects, Collecting Stories: Essays in Honour of Professor Susan M. Pearce (pp. 221-236). United Kingdom: Routledge.
|Date||Project Number||Investigators||Funding Body||Amount|
|2018||LP170100860||Jennifer Clark, Paul Sendziuk, Alistair Thomson & Graeme Davison||ARC||$594,833|
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