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Fiona Clark completed her PhD in Hispanic Studies at Queen’s University Belfast in 2003, focusing on the Gazeta de Literatura de México (1788-1795) and the developing role of periodical literature and science in eighteenth-century Mexico.  

In 2005 she became postdoctoral fellow in the History Department of St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin, funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. This fellowship enabled her to undertake a new project investigating the role of an eighteenth-century Irish military physician in colonial Mexico.

She is currently continuing with this research in the area of colonial Mexican medicine, with a focus on links between Ireland and Mexico at the end of the eighteenth century. From 2011-12 she was awarded a Wellcome Trust research grant and an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant.


Fiona is the Director of Education for the School of Modern Languages. She has also been Director of the Latin American Studies Forum since 2010 and is actively involved with the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CECS) at Queen’s University. In 2015-16 she will co-direct an interdisciplinary research group on 'Framing Epidemics' with Dr Ida Milne (School of History and Anthropology) funded by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities. She is currently Assistant Editor for the Bulletin of Spanish Studies and from 2007 -2009, held responsibility for the 'Spanish American Literature: Colonial Period (1492-1800) in The Years Work in Modern Language Studies. 


Fiona has held the posts of coordinator of Spanish language teaching for Post-'A' level / 'AS' level students and Beginners Spanish. She also offers undergraduate and postgraduate modules on early and modern Latin American literature, culture, and history of medicine. She has previously worked in the area of TEFL in a number of Spanish speaking countries as well as in Queen's.

Current postgraduate supervision - Irish physicians and networks in the Spanish Empire;

Past postgraduate supervision: eco-criticism and modern 20th and 21st century Latin American literature; Colombia and Northern Ireland - grass roots women's organisations and peacebuilding.

UG and PG Modules:

  • Level 1A (Post 'A' Level) Spanish language
  • Level 1 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • Level 2 - Encuentros Maravillosos: tales of survival
  • Level 3 - Disease and Society
  • Level 3 - Protecting Paradise
  • MA - Reading the Book of Nature
  • MA - Syphilis and Society


2013: The Wellcome Trust Small Grant for colloquium: 
'The paths of medical un/orthodoxy? Colonial Latin America and its World'

2013: The Society for the Social History of Medicine conference funding for:
'The paths of medical un/orthodoxy? Colonial Latin America and its World'

2011-2012: The Wellcome Trust Research Leave Fellowship.

2011-2012: AHRC Early Career Research Fellowship.

2008: The Wellcome Trust Symposium Funding for:  Ireland and Medicine in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries

2008: The Royal Historical Society workshop grant for: Ireland and Medicine in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries

2005-2007: Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship.

2006: Society for Irish Latin American Studies, Irish Latin American Research

2006: Fellowship for the 10th International Summer School in History of Science,
      Uppsala, Sweden,  

2005: British Academy Overseas Conference Grant.

2003: ISECS Bursary Fellowship for the International Seminar on the Eighteenth Century and the International Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Quadrennial Congress 2003, UCLA Centre for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies.

2003: Margaret McGuire Cutshall Graduate Research Travel Grant, Bakken Library and Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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