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Clark University has named Graduate School of Geography Professor Yuko Aoyama to the position of associate provost and dean of research, effective June 1. Read about Yuko Aoyama's latest book, "The Rise of the Hybrid Domain."
Adelaide Petrov-Yoo, Clark University
Studying abroad in Jordan her junior year gave Clark University history major Adelaide Petrov-Yoo ’17 the chance to learn Arabic and better understand the roots of the Middle East conflict. After returning to Clark in fall 2016, the New Yorker applied that knowledge to write her honors thesis focusing on the Soviet...
Amy Yeager talks in front of her artwork of internal organs from a cat dissection
After living in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Romania and Senegal, where she attended small international schools, Amy Yeager ’17 thought Clark University might be a good fit. “Clark was small with a significant international community, so I thought the transition wouldn't be so difficult,” she says. “When I got my acceptance...
Emily Langley speaking at the podium at Clark University
As a history major at Clark University, Emily Langley ’17 became interested in studying the roles of the American and Vietnamese women who served during the Vietnam War. One thing was missing, however: primary source material about the Vietnamese women who served. So Langley took matters into her own hands. “When the...
Marisa Natale ’17 had never considered a major in history, let alone pursuing a doctorate in the discipline. With the encouragement of her academic adviser, Nina Kushner, however, the Clark University graduate is now applying to Ph.D. programs to study Middle Eastern history from the perspective of gender. Natale...
Maria Luisa Escobar Pardo standing, inside, in front of window at Clark University
For Maria Luisa "Lulu" Escobar Pardo ’17, Clark University has been a place to explore different outlooks on herself and the world, as well as intensely study global environmental issues. But as Escobar Pardo graduates this May, she is eager to return home to Bogotá, Colombia, to refocus on, and serve, her country. At...
John Hite seated on bench on Geography Department room, with stained glass window in background
John Hite ’17 has used his double major in geography and Spanish at Clark University to work with communities in Mexico. From helping create more sustainable methods of raising chickens, to developing a policy brief to mitigate deforestation, he has lived up to Clark’s motto: “Challenge Convention, Change our World.” In...
Tess Reichart standing on Main Street near Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts
Like most English majors, Tess Reichart ’17 has spent countless hours reading literature and theory, dissecting and discussing texts, and researching and writing papers. But at Clark University, Reichart also discovered the power of words to make change. Tess Reichart works with children at Fighting Words, a non-profit...
Margaret Post, Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, Clark University
Clark University’s Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise  works to connect both the university’s research and its teaching to the world of public policy making and implementation. The university is pleased to announce that Margaret A. Post will strengthen that mission when she joins the institute as a research...
Grant Henry standing in front of his cartoon panels on wall at art exhibit
Taking a cue from Post-Impressionist Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, Grant Henry ’17 headed to Paris last summer to envelop himself in the world of art and explore and document places like Montmartre, the red-light district that harbored artists of Europe’s fertile Belle Époque period (1871-1914). A panel from Grant...
Despoina Lioliou talks to two middle-school students in the classrom
For three hours each week, Clark University students bring a world of poetry into Worcester classrooms — with the impact extending far beyond the city limits. The In Our Own Words program pairs Clark undergraduates with 25 seventh, eighth and ninth graders from Claremont Academy to translate poetry from around the world...
Alex Jeannotte standing, with arms crossed
Because of their dogged pursuit of elusive primary sources, historians often are equated with detectives – a theme represented in a decade-long PBS series, History Detectives. For Alex Jeannotte ’17, that theme has carried through much of her time at Clark University, where she has helped knit together the genealogy of...
Steinbrecher Fellows with Steven Steinbrecher
Nine Clark University students have been awarded Steinbrecher Fellowships to pursue original ideas, creative research and community service projects this summer and during the 2017-18 academic year. The Steinbrecher Fellowship Program was established in 2006. The newest Steinbrecher Fellows are all members of the Class...
Jennifer Hochschild in her office
Is socio-economic class, rather than race, becoming a stronger indicator of how a person might vote? It’s a question that Jennifer L. Hochschild, an expert on American politics and co-author of the book Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in American Politics, sought to answer during a recent lecture at...
Savannah Sanford talks to a conference attendee about her research poster at the AAG conference in Boston
Twenty-one undergraduates and seven master’s degree students from Clark University Geography presented posters at the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) annual meeting April 5-9 in Boston, and for many, the chance to explain research to peers and faculty from across the world marked a step into new territory.
Ora Szekely, Clark University political science
The nature of international conflict has evolved in recent decades. Rather than conflict between state militaries, warfare increasingly takes place within regional conflict systems involving both states and non-state armed groups. Understanding the internal dynamics of these organizations is an important part of...
In 2006, millions of Latinos mobilized across the United States to protest far-reaching immigration legislation that would have criminalized undocumented immigrants and anyone who helped them enter or stay in the U.S. In her new book, Heather Silber Mohamed, assistant professor of political science at Clark University,...
Rosalie Torres Stone at podium speaking in State House conference room
The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University hosted its eighth annual Massachusetts Family Impact Seminar on April 5 at the State House, bringing the latest research on health disparities to Massachusetts legislators. With the ongoing debate over the Affordable Care Act, many policymakers and...
John Aylward at the piano, Clark University
John Aylward, associate professor of music composition and theory at the Clark University Department of Visual and Performing Arts, received a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship. He is one of 173 current fellows representing scholars, artists, and scientists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, selected from among more...
Karen Frey collecting samples of arctic ice
Karen E. Frey, associate professor in the Clark University Graduate School of Geography and research associate professor in the George Perkins Marsh Institute, has been appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to serve on the Marine Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). Only two U.S....
Thomas Kühne, Clark University history professor and director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
In his new book, “The Rise and Fall of Comradeship: Hitler’s Soldiers, Male Bonding and Mass Violence in the Twentieth Century” history professor and director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Thomas Kühne examines how the concept of comradeship shaped the actions, emotions and ideas of ordinary...
Carolyn Finney photo with book jacket
Distinguished writer, performer and cultural geographer Carolyn Finney didn’t hide her surprise and delight upon seeing her former Clark University professors among the small crowd gathered for Part II of the Graduate School of Geography Spring 2017 Colloquium series, on March 23.
Sarah Wells
If you’re a student of physics, you might understand the abstract concepts behind Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle of quantum mechanics or Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, which describes gravitation. But if you’re an English major, you might think about the words “uncertainty” or “gravity” in a more poetic...
Clark University has launched the Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Master of Health Science in Community and Global Health program, offered through the International Development, Community, and Environment Department (IDCE) beginning in August 2017. The M.H.S. program, which was created with the help of a $500,000 grant from...
Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen stands in front of the Goddard Library at Clark University.
Living in Morocco for five years, Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen witnessed the plight of migrants flowing through the country en route to Europe — as they were subjected to horrific violence at the hands of smugglers and endured life-threatening travel conditions. Their experiences made her want to take action. The second-year...

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