Margaret Clark (political scientist)

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Dame Margaret Clark

Born (1941-01-28) 28 January 1941 (age 78)
Wellington, New Zealand
Alma materColumbia University
Bernie Galvin
(m. 1980; died 2010)
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical science
InstitutionsVictoria University of Wellington
Thesis (1972)
WebsiteStaff page at VUW

Dame Margaret Clark DNZM CMG JP (born 28 January 1941) is a New Zealand political science academic. She is currently an emeritus professor of politics at Victoria University of Wellington.

Early life, family, and education[edit]

Born in Wellington on 28 January 1941, Clark was educated at Wellington East Girls' College.[1] She went on to study at Wellington Teachers' Training College and Victoria University College, completing a Bachelor of Arts in politics at the latter institution in 1960.[1][2] After winning a Rotary Foundation Fellowship, she undertook further study at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur from 1962 to 1963, graduating Master of Arts in 1964, and later doctoral studies at Columbia University in New York City from 1969 to 1972, gaining a PhD.[1]

In 1980, Clark married Bernie Galvin, who served as Secretary to the Treasury from 1980 to 1986.[1][3] Galvin died in 2010.[3]


After completing her MA, Clark lectured at the University of Melbourne for two years, and then at the University of Malaya for three years.[1][2] She taught at the City University of New York from 1972 to 1975 following the completion of her PhD.[1][2] Clark then returned to New Zealand, and was appointed as a senior lecturer in politics at Victoria University of Wellington. She was promoted to professor in 1978, and served as the dean of commerce and administration between 1980 and 1982.[2]

From 1980 to 1985, Clark served as a human rights commissioner.[1] She was conferred with the title of emeritus professor by Victoria University in 2010.[4]


In the 1993 New Year Honours, Clark was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, for services to education.[5] She was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, also for services to education, in the 2007 New Year Honours.[6] Following the restoration of titular honours by the New Zealand government in 2009, she accepted redesignation as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.[7]

In 2012, the Margaret Clark Prize for Victoria University of Wellington honours politics students was established in her name.[8]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Clark, M (ed), Keith Holyoake: Towards a Political Biography (Wellington: Dunmore Press, 1997).
  • Clark, M (ed), Peter Fraser: Master Politician (Wellington: Dunmore Press, 1998.)
  • Clark, M (ed), Three Labour Leaders: Nordmeyer, Kirk and Rowling (Wellington: Dunmore Press, 2001).
  • Clark, M (ed), Holyoake's Lieutenants (Wellington: Dunmore Press, 2003).
  • Clark, M (ed), Muldoon Revisited (Wellington: Dunmore Press, 2004).
  • Clark, M (ed), Lange and the Fourth Labour Government (Wellington: Dunmore Press, 2006).
  • Clark, M (ed), The Bolger Years: 1990–2007 (Wellington: Dunmore Press, 2008) ISBN 9781877399336


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Taylor, Alister, ed. (2001). New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa 2001. Auckland: Alister Taylor Publishers. p. 226. ISSN 1172-9813.
  2. ^ a b c d Hughes, Beryl; Ahern, Sheila (1993). Redbricks and bluestockings: women at Victoria 1899–1993. Wellington: Victoria University Press. p. 141. ISBN 0-86473-244-9. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Former Treasury Secretary dies". Radio New Zealand News. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Where are they now?". National Press Club. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  5. ^ "No. 53154". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1992. p. 29.
  6. ^ "New Year honours list 2007". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Special honours list 1 August 2009". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Margaret Clark Prize". Victoria University of Wellington. Retrieved 18 July 2014.