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Sabine Clarke
Senior Lecturer in Modern History

Profile

Biography

BSc (Birmingham), PGCE (Oxford), MSc (Imperial College), PhD (London)

Sabine Clarke is Senior Lecturer in Modern History. She works on the history of science, technology and medicine in Britain and its colonial empire between WWI and 1965, with a particular focus on the Caribbean and East Africa. Her monograph, Science at the End of Empire: Experts and the Development of the British Caribbean, 1940-1965 was published by Manchester University Press in 2018.

Sabine's current project is called The Chemical Empire: A New History of Synthetic Insecticides in Britain and its Colonies, c 1920-1970 and is funded by a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award.

Research

Overview

Sabine is a historian of science, technology, medicine and imperialism who works on the history of British plans for its colonies after 1940. She is interested in the relationship between scientific research and visions of economic and social development.

Projects

Sabine's book, Science at the End of Empire: Experts and the Development of the British Caribbean, 1940-1965, explored visions of industrial development promoted for the Caribbean in the late colonial period and considered the relationship between these ideas and the political and economic ambitions of Britain and America for the region.

Between 2017 and 2019 Sabine held a British Academy Small Grant for a project called "Insects, Empire and Britain's 'Warfare State'’ that investigated the ways in which the experience of war and re-armament shaped the locust control work that was done in Britain’s colonies between 1945 and 1965.

In 2019 she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award for a project called The Chemical Empire: A New History of Synthetic Insecticides in Britain and its Colonies, c 1920-1970. Read more about the project.

Teaching

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

External activities

Memberships

  • Chair of the British Society for the History of Science Outreach and Education Committee
  • Member of the Programmes Committee of the British Society for the History of Science

Contact details

Dr Sabine Clarke
Vanbrugh College V/204
Department of History
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD

Tel: Internal 2974, External (01904) 322974

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