Distinguished Professor, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and the Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies
For more than 20 years, Clarke has conducted research on issues related to legal institutions, international legal domains, religious nationalism and the politics of globalization and race. She has spent her career exploring theoretical questions of culture and power, as well as the field of law and anthropology, detailing the relationship between new social formations and contemporary problems.
One of her key contributions has been to demonstrate ethnographically the ways that legal and religious knowledge regimes produce practices that travel globally. By mapping the way that particular cultural forms travel, and by highlighting why and how some travel more than others, she has established herself as a leader in this area and a central interlocutor into new ways of managing power and regulating social practices.
She has taught at Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, Carleton University and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Clarke is the author of eight books and over fifty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. These include her publication Fictions of Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and Affective Justice (Duke University Press, 2019).
She has held numerous prestigious fellowships, grants and awards including a two-year President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant.