Ph.D., Tulane, 1998

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.


Research Interests
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.

Teaching Interests
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 Tulane's Media NOLA project, medianola.org.

 The Strange History of the American Quadroon    
The Strange History of the American Quadroon: Free Women of Color in the Revolutionary Atlantic World. University of North Carolina Press, 2013. [more...]
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 Women and Religion in the Atlantic Age, 1550-1900    
ed. with Mary Laven, Ashgate, 2013.
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 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.

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


The United States from Colonization to 1865 (HISU 1410)

Women and Gender in U.S. History to 1830 (HISU 2400)

History of American Religion (HISU 4430)

Atlantic World (HISU 2510)

American Revolutions (HISU 6420)

 Saint-Louis, Senegal/New Orleans Conference    
New Orleans, Louisiana April 22-25, 2013 was the site of the second part of an international conference, "Saint-Louis, Senegal, and New Orleans:The Comparative and Linked History of Two Port Cities on Each Side of the Atlantic from the 17th to the 19th Centuries," cosponsored by Tulane, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris and the Universite Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar, in exclusive partnership with RFI (Radio France Internationale). Emily Clark, Clement Chambers Benenson Professor of American Colonial History and associate professor of history, is the conference organizer for Tulane.
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Emily Clark, Curriculum Vitae


Office:  Hebert 215E
Hours:  By Appointment
Phone:  504-862-8605
Email:  eclark@tulane.edu