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Meri L. Clark

Professor of History
B.A., in History, Reed College (1995)
M.A., in History, Princeton University (1999)
Ph.D., in History, Princeton University (2003)
Office: 44 Valley Road, #2

Meri Clark is Professor of History and Coordinator of the Global Scholars program for the College of Arts and Sciences.  She specializes in the history of nineteenth-century Colombia and her scholarly work focuses on education, the state and nation, and intellectual history.  She teaches about varied themes in colonial and modern Latin American history, including class, commodities, culture, dictatorship, gender, foreign relations, Latinos, race, and revolution, as well as modern World History.

Prior to joining the faculty of Western New England University in 2005, Professor Clark was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware, where she taught Latin American history. She received her Ph.D. in History from Princeton University and her B.A. in History from Reed College. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia (1995-1996) and studied there in 1993, traveling extensively in Colombia and the region during her years of undergraduate and graduate study. She spent part of her childhood in Australia and South Africa and has traveled widely in the Americas, Asia, and Europe.


History of Colombia, Latin America, early national period, gender, culture


World History since 1500

Colonial Latin America

Modern Latin America

Latin American Popular Culture

Revolutions in Latin America

Women in Latin America

Latin American-U.S. and World Relations

Modern Colombia

Cultures of Spain

First Year Seminar

Junior/Senior Research Seminars


Book Chapters

Meri L. Clark (2013). The Good and the Useful Together: Colombian Positivism in a Century of Conflict . In Gregory Gilson and Irving Levinson (Eds.), Latin American Positivism: Theory and Practice (pp. 27-48) Lanham, MD : Lexington Books - Rowman & Littlefield.

Meri L. Clark (2009). The Emergence and Transformation of Positivism in Nineteenth-Century Latin America . In Susana Nuccetelli, Ofelia Schutte, Otavio Bueno (Eds.), A Companion to Latin American Philosophy (pp. 53-67) Oxford, UK : Wiley-Blackwell.

Meri L. Clark (2007). Disciplining Liberty: Early National Colombian School Struggles, 1820-1840 . In Kim Tolley (Eds.), Transformations in Schooling: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (pp. 87-108) New York, NY : Palgrave-MacMillan.

Meri L. Clark (2006). Childhood in Colonial Latin America . In J. Michael Francis (Eds.), Iberia and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History (pp. 208-211) Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-Clio.

Journal Articles

Meri L. Clark (2010 , August ). Teaching Writing in the Republic of Colombia, 1800-1850 . Paedagogica Historica: International Journal of the History of Education ,46:4 , 449-461.

Meri L. Clark (2007 , July ). Conflictos entre el estado y las elites locales sobre la educacion colombiana durante las decadas de 1820 y 1830 . Revista de Historia Critica ,34

Meri L. Clark (2004 , December ). Vanishing Acts: Films on the Colombian Conflicts . Delaware Review of Latin American Studies ,5:2

Conference Proceedings

Meri L. Clark (2002 , August ). The Blight of Bad Examples: Morals Legislation and Social Conflict in Colombian Schooling, 1800-1830 - Working Paper No. 02-24 . International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World Harvard University , Cambridge, MA