Jennifer Clark

Professor Jennifer Clark


School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

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.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - ongoing 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 Competencies

    Language Competency
    French Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Sydney Australia BA (Hons)
    University of Sydney Australia Dip Ed
    University of Sydney Australia PhD
  • Research Interests

Date Project Number Investigators Funding Body Amount
2018 LP170100860 Jennifer ClarkPaul Sendziuk, Alistair Thomson & Graeme Davison ARC $594,833


  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83135622
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  • Fax: 83134249
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor Fifth Floor
  • Room: 502
  • Org Unit: School of Humanities

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