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Former Member of Staff: Dr Julia McClure

Julia McClure    

Academic Profile

I specialise in the history of poverty, charity and the Iberian Atlantic world in the global frame. I am interested in pre-modern global history, especially global intellectual history and the historiography of the spatial turn. I am currently working on a monograph entitled 'The Poor Atlantic: Poverty and Charity in the Making of the Spanish Empire'. My first monograph focused on the global history of the Franciscan Order, and their role in the invention of a 'New World' in the Americas. This research led to my current project in the global history of poverty, which explores the early history of colonialism from a trans-Atlantic perspective.Since completing my PhD at the University of Sheffield I have been a postdoctoral fellow at the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History at Harvard University and a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.

Current Research Project

I run the Poverty Research Network, which has been awarded an AHRC grant for a project entitled 'Historicising Development: Local Visions of Global Poverty'. The Poverty Research Network is supported by Warwick's GHCC, Development GRP, and IAS. I invite those interested in the global history of poverty to get in touch. This network builds upon events I have organised such as the Poverty Research Workshop, funded by the European University Institute in 2014.

Undergraduate Modules Taught

Postgraduate Modules Taught

Select Publications


In process: The Poor Atlantic: Poverty and Charity in the Making of the Spanish Empire
The Routledge Handbook of the History of Poverty in Early Modern Europe, co-edited with David Hitchcock
‘The darker side of rights: rights and colonialism’, in Jon Robinson and Virpi Makinen eds, Rights at the Margins, Brill, 2017
‘Earthrise: The Franciscan Story’, The Medieval History Journal, 2017
‘The New Politics of the Middle Ages: A global middle ages for a global modernity', History Compass, volume 13, issue 11, 2015, pp. 610–619.
‘Knowledge, Power and Poverty: An early entangled history of Hispaniola’, The Canadian Journal of Caribbean and Latin American Studies, volume 38, issue 2, 2013, pp. 197-219.
‘Making Waves on the Historicised Atlantic’, Traversea, 2, 2012, pp. 43-59.
Encyclopedia Entries
'Poverty: The Franciscans', Encyclopedia of World Poverty, Second Edition, Sage Publishing, 2015.
Book Reviews
Jane E. Mangan, Transatlantic Obligations: Creating the Bonds of Family in Conquest-Era Peru and Spain (Oxford, 2015), for English Historical Review
Michael Cook, Ancient Religions, Modern Politics, The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective (Princeton, 2014), for History
Jerry Brotton, This Orient Isle, Elizabethan England and the Islamic World (Allen Lane, 2016), History Workshop Online
Marcus Rediker, Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail (Boston, 2014), for History (forthcoming).
Lynn Hunt, Writing History in the Global Era (New York, 2014), for Reviews in History, review no. 1732, February 2015.
Steven E. Turley, Franciscan Spirituality and Mission in New Spain, 1524-1599: Conflict Beneath the Sycamore Tree (Luke 19: 1-10) (Farnham, 2014), for Sixteenth Century Journal Vol. 45, no. 3.
Samuel Moyn and Andrew Sartori eds, Global Intellectual History (New York, 2013), for Reviews in History, review no. 1547, February, 2014.
John Lynch, New Worlds, A Religious History of Latin America (New Haven, 2012), for Reviews in History, review no. 1492, October, 2013.
Neslihan Şenocak, The Poor and the Perfect, The Rise of Learning and the Franciscan Order, 1209-1310 (London 2012), for History, The Journal of the Historical Association, 98, 331 (2013), pp. 437-439.

Past Research Projects

I have participated in the following research collaborations:
'Rights at the Margins', Helsinki (2015)
'The Dynamic Middle Ages', Moscow (2013)
'The Making of the Medieval History, White Rose Consortium (2013)


I am committed to using my research to join the debates on current global issues. You can join these debates blogs or on twitter, or by participating in the blog which is part of the Poverty Research Network.