Catherine E. Clark, Ph.D.

Historian of Photography, Cities, and France

This spring I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of Southern Mississippi, The Abbey Program in Pontlevoy, France. This past fall, I was a Tutor in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. I hold a Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern California, where I also completed the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate.

I'm interested in the history of modern Europe, cities (Paris in particular), visual culture, and the history of popular history. I am currently working on a book manuscript, Picturing Paris: Visual History in the Photographic Age that combines these themes. It is a social and material history of Paris's municipal and popular visual history: from the creation of municipal photo archives and historical exhibitions to illustrated history books and amateur photo contests to document the city's past. You can listen to a discussion of my research about photographs of the Liberation of Paris on la Fabrique d’histoire on France Culture radio.

I first became fascinated with how we think about the past while taking classes in the History Department at Swarthmore College (BA with High Honors, 2004). My interests in French culture, literature, and food led me to Columbia University's French Cultural Studies MA program, which I completed in 2005. I finished my dissertation in 2012 thanks to a USC Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship. In 2010-2011 I held a USC Provost’s Ph.D. Fellowship. A Chateaubriand Fellowship from the French Government allowed me to complete research in France in 2009-2010.


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