Alison Clarke is a freelance historian and also works part-time at the Hocken Collections, University of Otago. After working in nursing for twenty years, Alison completed a PhD in history at the University of Otago in 2003. This was published in her first book, Holiday Seasons, and in various book chapters and articles, one of which won the Bruce Mansfield Award for the best article published in the Journal of Religious History, 2002–2003.
Alison has continued to research and write about various aspects of the social and religious history of nineteenth-century New Zealand, publishing further book chapters and articles. She has also written a centennial history of Dunedin student residence Knox College. In 2008 she received a grant from the New Zealand History Research Trust fund for her project on the history of childbirth.
Alison's current project is a history of the University of Otago, she shares some of this research on her blog University of Otago 1869-2019 ~ writing a history.