Thomas J. Clarke


Professor Clarke studies history for evidence of how humans have constructed their reality. History manifests how humans have expressed their identity in culture on the basis of how they understand what it means to have a mind.

As a theologian, Professor Clarke is concerned with culture; as a psychoanalyst he is concerned with the mind. The failure to approach history from such a perspective will only perpetuate the "Clash of Civilizations."

In his courses, Professor Clarke attempts on one hand to identify the moments in history when humans formed the notions of conscience, thinking, hope, justice, equality, freedom, tolerance, optimism, progress, and openness, and on the other hand he tries to specify those movements that justified oppression, aggression, grandiosity, narcissism, arrogance, elitism, racism, imperialism, and intolerance. What events have humanized us and which traditions dehumanize us? Because there is no established truth by which to decide these issues, history alone provides the experience that enables us to create our answer.


  • A.B., Stonehill College
  • S.T.B., Gregorian University
  • S.T.L., Gregorian University
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • Ph.D., Brandeis University
  • Psy.D., Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology


  • National Endowment Summer Institute, 1998
  • Templeton Foundation Science and Religion Award, 1997
  • National Endowment Summer Seminar, 1986
  • National Endowment Summer Seminar, 1976
  • Kent Fellowship, Danforth Foundation, 1967-1970
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Awarded, not accepted, 1966
  • Brandeis University Fellowship, 1966-1967
  • Stipendiat, Institut fur Europaische Geschichte, Mainz, Germany 1965-1966
  • Maxima cum Laude, Stonehill College, 1957

Courses Taught

  • Ancient Mediterranean Greece & Rome
  • Medieval-Renaissance-Reformation
  • Western Civilization I
  • Western Civilization II