Native American Heritage Month 2012: Dr. Sharri R. Clark
Dr. Clark is a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT). Her portfolio includes international critical infrastructure protection, focusing on energy and cyber security, and terrorists’ use of the Internet. Clark is a former American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow and Associate of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University.
Before assuming her position at the Department of State, Dr. Clark was a Harvard University Administrative Fellow and an assistant curator and computer consultant at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. She has also consulted for UNESCO on cultural heritage preservation programs in northwest Pakistan, the Harappa Archaeological Research Project and museum collections computerization/digitization projects in Pakistan. Prior to her doctoral work at Harvard, Dr. Clark worked as a computer systems specialist and project manager developing business computer applications/database systems for Computer Sciences Corporation, General Dynamics, and Texas Instruments.
Dr. Clark holds A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology (specializing in archaeology) from Harvard University, where her research involved extensive fieldwork in Pakistan, India, and Israel. Dr. Clark has written several articles on the subject of her dissertation, the Bronze Age Indus Civilization, and her book is currently being published. She also holds a B.S. degree in computer science and sociology from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Born in Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, she is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and her ancestors were removed from the southeastern United States to Indian Territory on the Trail of Tears in the 19th century.