Born in Canada, after completing his schooling in Hanover, Germany, Alexander Clarkson studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford. After graduating in 2000, he went on to complete his doctorate at the University of Oxford in September 2006. He also taught for a year as a Lecturer in Modern History at New College, Oxford, before joining the European and International Studies Department at King’s College London in 2007.
Research Expertise and PhD Supervision
- European borders
- Migration studies
- German politics
- Contemporary history
Alexander Clarkson’s research and teaching involve two core areas of focus. The first examines the impact transnational diaspora communities have had on the politics of Germany and Europe after 1945. This includes particular focus on how diasporas connected to Ukraine, Algeria, Iran, Croatia, Turkey, Syria, Libya and Lebanon have generated interactions between the politics of their countries of origin with the politics of their countries of settlement in the European Union.
The second area of focus is on how the European Union’s border system has involved an increased emphasis on militarisation that has affected its relationship with neighbouring states in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Maghreb and Sahel regions.
Alexander welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests.
Alexander Clarkson’s teaching covers the history of Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as the emergence of the European Union’s border system. His modules focus on how social and territorial change affects political and military developments on the local, national and supra-national levels. Other key issues that are explored in his courses include the impact of mass immigration and the continuing political debate over European identity.
- 4AAOB109 The Making of Modern Europe: Historical, Political and Sociological Approaches
- 4AAOB122 The Emergence of the Modern German State
- 6AAOB326 Immigration Identity and the Securitization of Europe’s Borders
Clarkson, A., 1 Mar 2021, In: CURRENT HISTORY. 120, 824, p. 118-120 3 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › peer-review
Clarkson, A., 20 Dec 2018, (E-pub ahead of print) The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary International Political Economy. Mahrenbach, L. & Shaw, T. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 587-600 14 p. (Palgrave Handbooks in IPE ). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-45443-0_36
Clarkson, A., Mar 2017, Transnational Ukraine?: Networks and Ties that Influence(d) Contemporary Ukraine. Beichelt, T., Worschech, S. & Umland, A. (eds.). Stuttgart: Ibidem-verlag, Vol. 159. p. 115-136 22 p. (Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Clarkson, A., 2017, In: History Of Education. p. 256-272 17 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/0046760X.2016.1274055
Clarkson, A., 1 Sep 2015, New York: Berghahn Books. 246 p. (Monographs in German History; vol. 34) Research output: Book/Report › Book
Clarkson, A. P. H., 2 Mar 2015, In: History Workshop Online. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Clarkson, A., 2014, In: Francia. Forschungen zur westeuropäischen Geschichte. 41, p. 445-457 12 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.11588/fr.2014.0.40761
Clarkson, A., Oct 2013, Dirty Cities: Exploring the Relationship between Globalization and Underground Dynamics in Different Urban Settings. Talani, S., Pacheco-Pardo, R., Clarkson, A. & Pozo-Martin, G. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Talani, S., Clarkson, A. & Pacheco Pardo, R., Oct 2013, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 224 p. (International Political Economy Series) Research output: Book/Report › Book
Clarkson, A., 1 Aug 2011, Between the Avant-garde and the Everyday: Subversive Politics in Europe from 1957 to the Present. Brown, T. & Anton, L. (eds.). New York: Berghahn Books, p. 132 - 144 312 p. (Protest, Culture and Society; vol. 6). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter