Office of Civil Rights
November 1, 2013

Date: 11/01/2013 Description: Native American Heritage Month 2013: Dr. Sharri Clark - State Dept Image Dr. Clark is a foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT). Her portfolio includes international critical infrastructure protection, focusing on energy and cybersecurity, and counterterrorism-related cyber issues, such as terrorists’ use of the Internet and social media, including for online radicalization to violence. Clark is a former American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Diplomacy Fellow and Associate of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University.

Prior to her career at State, Dr. Clark consulted for UNESCO on cultural heritage preservation programs in northwest Pakistan and for the Harappa Archaeological Research Project. She also worked as an assistant curator and computer consultant at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.

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. She has written several articles on the subject of her dissertation, the Bronze Age Indus Civilization, and is currently publishing a book.

Prior to her doctoral work at Harvard, Dr. Clark was a computer systems specialist and project manager developing business computer applications/database systems for Computer Sciences Corporation, General Dynamics, and Texas Instruments. She also holds a B.S. degree in computer science and sociology from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

Born in 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.