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Justin Clark

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Biographical Sketch

Justin Clark is an Americanist specializing in the cultural and intellectual history of the United States. His doctoral dissertation, "Training the Eyes: Romantic Vision and Class Formation in Boston, 1820-1860," explores the role of visions of the invisible and the ideal in the cultural life of the 19th century American city. A graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, he has contributed to numerous local and national publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, LA Weekly, and nerve. He welcomes questions from anyone considering study at USC.


  • M.S. Columbia University, 2004

Employment History

  • Adjunct, National University, 2005 - 2008


Research Specialties

  • Urban, visual, and intellectual histories of the 19th century United States.

Conference Presentations

  • “Fear and Loathing at Trafalgar Square: Neuroaesthetics and Public Space in the Victorian Art Gallery.” Art History Graduate Student Symposium, University of Southern California, 2/2012
  • “Terrible Dishonesty: Pathological Lying and Progressive Expertise, 1880-1920.” American Society for Legal History. Atlanta, Georgia, 11/2011
  • “Terrible Dishonesty: Pathological Lying and Progressive Expertise, 1880-1920.” Anglo-American Conference of Historians. London, U.K., 6/2011
  • “The Unseen World: Antebellum Spectacle and the Rise of Blind Autobiography.” Claremont Graduate Student History Association. Claremont, California, 3/2011

Honors and Awards

  • USC College Doctoral Fellowship, 2008-  
  • American Antiquarian Society Center for Historic American Visual Culture Fellowship, 2012-2013   
  • New England Regional Fellowship Consortium Fellowship, 2012-2013   
  • USC Science, Technology and Society Research Cluster Summer Research Fellowship, 2012-2013   
  • USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute Ph.D. Dissertation Fellowship, 2012-2013   
  • Winterthur Dissertation Fellowship, 2012-2013   
  • USC Visual Studies Graduate Certificate Program Summer Research Award, 2011-2012   
  • USC Center for Law, History and Culture Graduate Fellowship, 2010-2011   

Service to the University

Review Panels

  • Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work, University of Southern California, Judge, Humanities Category, 04/2012  

Service to the Profession

Conferences Organized

  • Co-Director, The Thinking Humanities Symposium, USC, 2011-2012