Fr. Jeremy Clarke, S.J. entered the Australia Province of the Jesuits in 1993 and was ordained in Sydney, Australia, his hometown, in 2002. Fr. Clarke completed his doctorate at the Australian National University, majoring in Chinese history, working with Professor Geremie Barmé. He joined BC's tenure track faculty in 2010-2011 in the history department.
Fr. Clarke's area of specialty is on the history and ongoing experience of Chinese Catholic communities. He also leads study tours and pilgrimages to China. Other areas of academic interest include the role of the Catholic Church in the development of art and photography in contemporary China, the history of pilgrimage in China and the development of Chinese Christian iconography.
In 2010, Fr. Clarke curated an exhibition of rare books from the Burns Library and produced a documentary film about Chinese Catholic history. Author of two books, The Virgin Mary and Catholic Identities in Chinese History (Hong Kong University Press, 2013), and Catholic Shanghai: A Practical, Historical and Reflective Guidebook , Fr. Clarke is working on a manuscript dealing with the history of the Catholic church in China since 1842, with special reference to the Jesuit-run orphanage (Tushanwan) in Shanghai.
He has long been a fan of basketball and even remembers when Andrew Gaze had black hair. He began serving as chaplain of the men's basketball team in the 2011-12 season.