Dr. Clarke holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia specializing in Italian women, religion and decorative art. She is the Curator at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. While her research specialties lay with the material culture of the Italian Renaissance, she has expanded this work, examining more closely the female-oriented arts traditions of the Renaissance. In particular, she has studied needle work, lace making, and other domestic decorative arts such as ceramics and tapestries, which have held very strong traditions in Italian cultural life until the 1960’s. Dr. Clarke currently, through her work at the Italian Cultural Centre, examines this cultural divide and how this translates into the community she serves as curator where tradition versus modernism and renewal is a source of constant debate.