Dr. Anna Clark, a history professor from the University of Minnesota, will visit West Virginia University in February as the latest Resident Scholar of the Center for Women’s Studies at WVU.

Clark, who has earned degrees in history from Harvard, the University of Essex and Rutgers University, is the Center’s 12th Resident Scholar since 1999, when the program began in honor of Dr. Judith Gold Stitzel, the Center’s founding director

“The Women’s Studies Residency is a great opportunity to invite internationally prominent scholars and activists in the field of women’s and gender studies to campus,” Dr. Ann Oberhauser, the Center’s director said. “We look forward to sharing Dr. Clark’s expertise in women’s history and the history of sexuality with students, faculty and community members during her visit to campus in February.”

Each year the Center hosts a scholar who is involved in women’s and gender studies. Residents visit campus for three to five days to participate in classes and various gatherings with students, faculty and staff.

Clark will visit WVU Feb. 12-15. She will give a public lecture on Monday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Blue Ballroom of the Mountainlair. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend the lecture titled, “Love and Desire: Sexuality and Individuality in Victorian Britain.”

Clark specializes in the history of women and sexuality, Irish history and the British Empire. Her current project explores issues relating to engendering the state and criminal law in 19th century British Imperial history.

She has served as the interim director of the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies and as the Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities at the University of Minnesota. She has authored four books including Desire: A History of European Sexuality and Scandal: The Sexual Politics of the British Constitution. She also edited the Journal of British Studies from 2005-2010.

The Center for Women’s Studies supports teaching, research and advocacy that is based on feminist perspectives and centered on analyses of gender and its intersection with race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age and ability.



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CONTACT: Megan Denny, Center for Women’s Studies, Intern
(724) 833-7848; mdenny@mix.wvu.edu