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Jennifer Clark, PhD

  • Professor and Section Head, City and Regional Planning Section
200F Knowlton Hall

Jennifer Clark is Professor and Head of the City and Regional Planning Section at the Knowlton School. Dr. Clark’s most recent book Uneven Innovation: The Work of Smart Cities (2019) 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 in 2009, and the 3rd edition of Basic Methods of Policy Analysis and Planning (2012, with Carl Patton and David Sawicki), a widely adopted text in public policy and urban and regional planning courses. She is also co-editor of the 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 is a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (RSA). She is also the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the journal Regional Studies. She recently served as the Chair of the Economic Geography Specialty Group (EGSG) of the AAG (2017-2019) and served as the Chair of the AAG’s Nominating Committee (2017-2018). She 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 in Connecticut. Before coming to Ohio State, Dr. Clark was an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Director fo the Center for Urban Innovation at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Clark teaches courses on urban and regional economic development theory, analysis, and practice and research design and methods.  She specializes in the theory and analysis of the spatial organization of economic activity and regional economic development policy. Dr. Clark has provided expert testimony before the U.S. Congress and policy advice and consulting to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the E.C., the Canadian, U.K., and U.S. governments as well as serving on nongovernmental policy commissions and committees.