Faculty Profile : Mark W. Clark

Mark W. Clark

Kenneth Asbury Professor of History 


E-mail: mwc4n@uvawise.edu

Phone: (276) 376-4576

Office: Zehmer 218



       Ph.D. – University of Georgia, 1997                              

       M.A. – University of Georgia, 1991

       B.A. – Baylor University, 1988


Courses Taught:

       Europe in the Nineteenth Century

       Europe in the Twentieth Century

       Contemporary European History

       European Intellectual History in the Nineteenth Century

       European Intellectual History in the Twentieth Century

       Modern German History

       Germany in the Twentieth Century

       Authoritarianism, Fascism, and Nazism

       Nazi Germany

       Italian Fascism and German Nazism

       Intellectuals and Society in the Twentieth Century

       Culture and Catastrophe in Twentieth Century Europe

       Revolutionaries and Romantics

       Twentieth-Century European History through Film


Research Interests:

     An intellectual/cultural historian of modern Europe, Clark has published articles and book chapters on German cultural life in the post-World War II period. His first book, Beyond Catastrophe: German Intellectuals and Cultural Renewal after World War II, 1945-1955 (2006) was published by Rowman & Littlefield.  Clark is currently working on a comparative study of contemporary German and Italian culture.  In Fall 2011, he was installed as Kenneth Asbury Professor of History.


Professional Interests:

     Dr. Clark has been a fellow in summer seminars and institutes sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A member of the German Studies Association, he has served as a panelist, commentator, and chair at its annual meeting. Clark also reviews manuscripts and articles for several presses and journals.



     National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute, “German and European Studies in the US: Changing World, Shifting Narratives,” Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, 2005.

     Harrison Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, 2003.

     National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar, “Refugee Intellectuals:   Theodor Adorno, Thomas Mann, Arnold Schoenberg,” Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, 2000.

     Harrison Award for Outstanding Research and Publication, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, 2000.

     National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar, “Bertolt Brecht in the Berlin Years,” Humboldt University and Berliner Ensemble, Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany 1998.

     Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation Dissertation Research Grant, Bielefeld, Federal Republic of Germany, 1995-96.


Selected Publications:

  • “European Intellectuals at the Intersection of War, Memory, and Societal Responsibility,” Remembrance and Solidarity: Studies in 20th Century European History, Issue 2, January 2014.
  • “Thomas Mann:  Novelist, Anti-Fascist, and World Citizen,” Transatlantic Perspectives.

  • “Gaetano Salvemini:  Historian, Humanitarian Socialist, and Activist Intellectual,” Transatlantic Perspectives.

  • “Confronting the Fascist Past: Intellectuals and the Politics of Memory in Immediate Post World War II Italy and Germany,” Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences, (Fall 2009).

  • Beyond Catastrophe: German Intellectuals and Cultural Renewal after World War II, 1945-1955 (Lexington Book, div. of Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).


     "Hero or Villain? Bertolt Brecht and the Crisis Surrounding June 1953," Journal of Contemporary History (July, 2006).

     (with Craig Pepin) "Dilemmas of Education for Democracy: American Occupation, University Reform, and German Resistance," in: Educational Policy Borrowing: Historical Perspectives, Oxford Studies in Comparative Education, (Oxford, England: Symposium Books, 2004).

  •  "A Prophet Without Honour: Karl Jaspers in Germany, 1945-1948," Journal of Contemporary History,(April 2002).