University of Calgary

J. Denis Clark

  • Research Assistant
  • Postdoctoral Associate

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

About me

I currently hold a postdoctoral fellowship at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, where I am working on two projects. My book project, Passions and Policies: Poles and Poland in Western Diplomacy, 1914-1921looks at how ideas about emotion and national character influenced British, French, and American policy towards Poland in the First World War era. 

My postdoctoral work also focuses on Canada's relations with Europe after the Brexit vote. In particular, I am working with my colleague Dr. Petra Dolata, who is a co-investigator for "The Reconfiguration of Canada-Europe Relations after Brexit," which is funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant. I have also written about the politics of Brexit for the Canadian Global Affairs Institute.

I have taught survey courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century international history, on Britain and the world since 1690, and on nationalism in modern Europe, as well as a seminar that explores global movements and events in the pivotal year of 1919.

Further publications

Book chapter

“Diplomacy in the Apogee of Nationalism: Britain, France, the United States and Appeals to the Polish Public, 1917-1918.” In Unknown Fronts: The “Eastern Turn” in First World War History, edited by Elka Agoston-Nikolova, Marijke van Diggelen, Guido van Hengel, Hans van Koningsbrugge, and Nicolaas A. Kraft van Ermel, 67–78. Groningen: Nederland Rusland Centrum, 2017.

Opinion articles/policy papers

Canadian researchers will be exposed to Brexit’s after-effects”, University Affairs, 16 Dec. 2019.

“Commentary: Does Brexit Contain Lessons for Canada?”, Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) online papers, September 2018.

“Commentary: Deal or No Deal? Brexit Negotiations Near the Cliff’s Edge,” CGAI online papers, August 2018.

“Policy update: A Small Step Forward in Brexit Talks,” CGAI online papers, January 2018.

“Policy update: The Path Narrows for Britain’s Exit Strategy,” CGAI online papers, September 2017.

Book review

Review of Sandford, Christopher. Harold and Jack:  The Remarkable Friendship of Prime Minister Macmillan and President Kennedy. H-FedHist, H-Net Reviews. March 2018. URL:

Curriculum Vitae


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