Dr Dean Clay

Dr Dean Clay

Lecturer in History

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Humanities


Dr Dean Clay is Lecturer in History at the University of Hull, having previously taught at Liverpool John Moores University, Newcastle University, and the University of Northumbria.

Dean is a Committee Member and Website Editor of the research networks 'International History and Diplomacy' (see https://www.ihd.news) and the 'North East Transnational and World History Research Centre (see https://networcnortheast.wordpress.com). He was also a Committee Member of the European research project 'The Congo Free State Across Language, Culture, Media' which ran from 2015-18, and is still Website Editor for the associated website (see www.congofreestate.com).


Human Worlds (Year 1)

Revolutions: Continuity and Change (Year 1)

Shamans, Priests, and Witches (Year 2)

Interactions and Exchanges: The Roots of Globalisation (Year 2)

History Group Project (Year 2)

Co-produced Module (Year 3)

Capstone Project (Year 3)


Memory, Meaning and History

Research interests

Dean completed his PhD from Liverpool John Moores University in 2019, with a thesis on US activism and the transnational dimensions of the Congo reform movement. His research interests are in the field of activism, particularly on movements and organisations whose activities transcend national boundaries, with a specific focus on how activists coordinate and the impact of their activism on government domestic and foreign policy.

Recently, he has begun work on a project examining the environmental movement in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. This work examines the impact of the activism of conservation organisations on the internal debates on domestic and foreign policy decision-making in the US, focusing on their advocacy for the establishment of state and national parks as a way to protect natural areas for public use, and the consequential impact of this in promoting a sense of American identity to highlight the environmental movement's contribution to the development of a more complex and nuanced vision of US empire, one that recognised the importance of stewardship and conservation as well as economic and military power. Focusing on themes such as preservation, conservation, economic justice, immigration issues, race, and questions over social democracy, this project will also draw connections between this and more broader themes, such as the movement's role in adopting European initiatives to protect remnants of historic civilisations either within the US or its colonial territories, and on the imperial dimensions to the conservation project and its efforts to take the conservation crusade into the international arena.