Charles E. McClelland came to the Institute in 2010 to continue of his extensive research interests. Since becoming Professor Emeritus (History) at the University of New Mexico (UNM), he served as a Fellow of the Fulbright program and then of the German Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation in Berlin. He has also been a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the (Princeton) Institute for Advanced Study. He was a Visiting Scholar at the IMH from September 1, 2010 - April 30, 2011. During that time he led a series of four advanced seminars on the comparative history of medical professionalization and ethics which was attended by many at the IMH, UTMB, and Galveston. The lectures subsequently became the basis of a recent book, Queen of the Professions (2014).
Having grown up in Galveston, Dr. McClelland went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Princeton and his doctorate from Yale before teaching history at Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, UNM and the (Humboldt) University of Berlin. He speaks and reads 12 modern languages and has traveled extensively in Latin America, Australasia and Europe.
Published by major American and European academic presses and journals, Dr. McClelland's numerous books and articles have often pursued questions about the sociology of knowledge: how do scientists, scholars and other modern professional leaders (including in medicine) know what they claim they know? Much of his work has focused on the rise of “professional” and “expert” knowledge in modern European and North American societies. His books include the (now classic) study of the rise of the modern German university system (a leading model for America), as well as a unique study of the professionalization struggles of German and other European artists in the past two centuries. His contribution to the massive bicentennial history of the University of Berlin, Geschichte der Universität Unter den Linden, 1810 – 2010, appeared along with five companion volumes during 2010-13.
Dr. McClelland is bringing his experience with European universities, medical schools and museums to bear as a member of the task force designing a medical-history museum in UTMB's original (1891) Ashbel Smith Building, “Old Red.”