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Jennifer Clark | New City and Regional Planning Section Head

The Knowlton School is pleased to announce that Professor Jennifer Clark will be the next Section Head of City and Regional Planning at the Knowlton School in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University.

"Leading the City and Regional Planning Section at Knowlton presents a rare opportunity to engage and shape the future of planning practice, education and research,” commented Clark. “ Planning is uniquely grounded in rigorous research, community-focused planning practice, student-centered learning and deep and diverse faculty expertise. Our innovative undergraduate and graduate degree programs offer a distinctly optimistic and aspirational approach to planning inclusive, sustainable, and equitable cities and communities."

Dr. Clark is a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association. She is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the journal Regional Studies and recently served as the Chair of the Economic Geography Specialty Group of the AAG (2017-2019). Dr. Clark earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University, a Master’s degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. 

Dr. Clark's most recent book Uneven Innovation: The Work of Smart Cities (2020) is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Her other books include Working Regions: Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy (2013), Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy (2007, with Susan Christopherson, winner of the Best Book Award from the Regional Studies Association) and the 3rd edition of Basic Methods of Policy Analysis and Planning (2012, w/ Carl Patton and David Sawicki, a widely adopted text in public policy and urban and regional planning courses). She is also co-editor of Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy (2015) and Transitions in Regional Economic Development (2018). In addition, she has written numerous articles and book chapters.

Dr. Clark researches and teaches courses on urban and regional economic development theory, analysis and practice as well as research design and methods. She has provided expert testimony before the U.S. Congress and policy consulting to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Canadian, U.K., and U.S. governments. Before joining the Knowlton School, Dr. Clark taught at Cornell University and the Georgia Institute of Technology where she was also the Director of the Center for Urban Innovation.