Emily Clark is the Clement Chambers Benenson Professor in American Colonial History. She specializes in early American and Atlantic world history. Her research interests include race, gender, religion and historical memory.
Early America and the Atlantic World, particularly the Francophone Atlantic. I am especially interested in the ways that the history of places like Louisiana and the French Antilles can illuminate the development of racial, ethnic, and national identities in the wider Atlantic world and in other parts of colonial and early national America. My most recent book, published in 2013 by the University of North Carolina Press, The Strange History of the American Quadroon, historicizes the figures of the quadroon and the "tragic mulatta," their links with Haiti and New Orleans, and the role they have played in shaping national American memory and identity.
Early North America (1492-1800), Atlantic World (1450-1888), Revolutionary America and Caribbean (1776-1804), Louisiana and New Orleans, religion, gender, and the history of race and race relations. Also, archival skills and paleography and the development of web-based student projects. I am especially interested in working with students who wish to make use of the rich colonial and early national manuscript records housed in New Orleans archives and am a collaborator on ViaNolaVie https://www.vianolavie.org/ and New Orleans Historical https://neworleanshistorical.org/.
- The Strange History of the American Quadroon: Free Women of Color in the Revolutionary Atlantic World. University of North Carolina Press, 2013. [more...] CLICK Here to Read
- Women and Religion in the Atlantic Age, 1550-1900
ed. with Mary Laven, Ashgate, 2013.
- Masterless Mistresses: The New Orleans Ursulines and the Development of a New World Society, 1727-1834
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. Charlotte: University of North Carolina Press, 2007.
- Voices from an Early American Convent: Marie Madeleine Hachard and the New Orleans Ursulines, 1727-1760
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2007
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- “Refracted Reformations and the Making of Republicans”
Peter J. Kastor and François Weil, eds., Empires of the Imagination: Transatlantic Histories of the Louisiana Purchase (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009), 180-203.
- "How American Is New Orleans? What the Founding Era Has to Tell Us"
In Samuel C. Ramer and Blair A. Ruble, Place, Identity, and Urban Culture: Odesa and New Orleans, Kennen Institute Occasional Paper #31 (Washington, D.C., Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2008).
- "Hail Mary Down by the Riverside: Black and White Catholic Women in Early America"
- In Catherine A. Brekus, The Religious History of American Women: Reimagining the Past (University of North Carolina Press, 2007), 91-107.
- "The Feminine Face of Afro-Catholicism in New Orleans, 1727-1852"
With Virginia M. Gould, William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser. 59:2 (April 2002): 409-448. Winner of the A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize for Best Article on Southern Women's History, Southern Association for Women Historians, 2003.
Fellowships and Awards
- ATLAS Grant (2018)
- ATLAS Grant (2011)
Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars 2011, Louisiana State Board of Regents.
- American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2010)
- Dianne Woest Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities, Historic New Orleans Collection (2010)
- Professeur Invitee, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris (2010)
- Distinguished Book Award of the History of Women Religious Conference (2010)
- Awarded June 2010 to Masterless Mistresses: The New Orleans Ursulines and the Development of a New World Society: 1727-1834
- Julia Cherry Spruill Prize of the Southern Association for Women Historians (2008)
Awarded to Masterless Mistresses: The New Orleans Ursulines and the Development of a New World Society: 1727-1834
- Kemper and Leila Williams Prize in Louisiana History (2008)
- Given by the Louisiana Historical Association and the Historic New Orleans Foundation to Masterless Mistresses: The New Orleans Ursulines and the Development of a New World Society: 1727-1834