Program: History of Science
Fields of Study: Modern Medicine; Modern Middle East and North Africa; Modern Science
Advisor: Katja Guenther
Hannah-Louise Clark is an historian of medicine and the modern Middle East and North Africa. She is currently completing a doctoral thesis in the History of Science at Princeton University under the supervision of Professor Katja Guenther. Her curriculum vitae is available here.
Hannah's dissertation, entitled "Doctoring the Bled: Medical Auxiliaries, Therapeutic Modernities, and the Administration of Rural Life in Colonial Algeria, 1904-1962," offers a new way of understanding the entwined histories of medicine, public health and colonialism in Algeria. It chronicles the conditions under which almost three hundred medical auxiliaries quietly changed the relationship between French state bureaucracy and rural Algerian society during the first half of the twentieth century. The history of these conflicted professionals, known to the communities they served as "little doctors," and the transformations in the administration of health and disease in which they participated, have hitherto been largely invisible to historians.
Based on analysis of Arabic- and French-language manuscripts, personnel files, regional and local archives, newspapers, oral histories, and private collections from Algeria, France and Morocco – many of which have never before featured in historical analysis - this project has implications for a range of important topics in the history of medicine, colonialism, and the Middle East, from the growth of bureaucracy to the social history of empire. Hannah's work has been recognized and supported by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University.
Hannah's contributions to the history of medicine and science and the history of the Middle East and North Africa include a publication for the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, as well as presentations for a variety of audiences, among them the History of Science Society, the Centre d'Études Maghrébines d'Algérie and the Middle East Studies Association. She has taught in the Princeton History Department as preceptor for Professor Michael Gordin's undergraduate lecture course on "Science in the Modern World."
Before coming to Princeton, Hannah was a yearlong fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad in Cairo, Egypt. She holds a Master's degree in Regional Studies - Middle East from Harvard University, and a BA Hons in Modern History from Jesus College, Oxford. Her work draws on a long engagement with the history and languages of the modern Middle East and North Africa. She has lived and done research in Algeria, Egypt, and Morocco, and traveled in other parts of the region.
You can read more about Hannah's research and recent and upcoming presentations here: http://scholar.princeton.edu/hannahc/