Senior Lecturer, School of History


Born and raised in Canada, John Clark completed degrees at the universities of Western Ontario and Toronto before receiving his DPhil at the University of Oxford. He subsequently held fellowships at Oxford and at the University of Kent, where he was a Wellcome Lecturer in the history of medicine and life sciences. He is currently a senior lecturer in the School of History and director of the Institute for Environmental History at the University of St Andrews. His teaching and research focus on the history of science, medicine, and environment. In 2014, he was a visiting senior fellow at The Ohio State University.

Selected publications

Clark, JFM, Bugs and the Victorians (Yale University Press, 2009), 323 pp.

Clark, JFM, ‘To Bee or Not to Bee: The Co-Production of Modern Science and the Modern State’, in John Brooke, Julia Stein, and Greg Anderson, eds., State Formations: Global Histories and Cultures of Statehood (Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp. 215-228.

Clark, JFM, ‘Pesticides, pollution, and the UK’s silent spring, 1963-64: poison in the garden of England’, Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science, 71 (Sept 2017), 297-327 

Clark, JFM, ‘From the other side of the ocean: environment and empire. The landscape of Canadian Environmental History: Canada and the British Empire’, Canadian Historical Review, 95 (Dec 2014), 574-84.

Clark, JFM, ‘“The incineration of refuse is beautiful”: Torquay and the introduction of municipal refuse destructors’, Urban History, 34 (August 2007), 255-77.