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:

  • “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).