Clark Knowlton May 2023

Jennifer Clark

  • Section Head
    Knowlton Distinguished Professor
  • Section Head
    Professor, Geography

200F Knowlton Hall
275 W Woodruff Ave

Jennifer Clark is Knowlton School Distinguished Professor and Head of the City and Regional Planning Section in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. She also holds a courtesy appointment with the Department of Geography. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Regional Studies.

Dr. Clark's book Uneven Innovation: The Work of Smart Cities (Columbia University Press, 2020) won the 2021 Urban Affairs Association Best Book Award as well as the 2022 Regional Studies Association Best Book Award. Her first book, Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy (Routledge, 2007 with Susan Christopherson) also won the 2009 Regional Studies Association Best Book Award. 

In addition, Dr, Clark is the author of Working Regions: Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy (Routledge, 2013) and co-author of the 3rd edition of Basic Methods of Policy Analysis and Planning (Routledge, 2012), a widely adopted text in urban planning and policy courses. She is co-editor of the Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy (Edward Elgar, 2015) and Transitions in Regional Economic Development (Routledge, 2018). Dr. Clark has also written numerous articles and book chapters appearing in venues such as the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society; the Journal of Urban Affairs; Regional Studies; Metropolitics; Journal of Planning Education and Research; and MIT Technology Review.

Dr. Clark is a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (RSA). 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. 

Dr. Clark teaches courses on urban and regional economic development theory, analysis, and practice and research design and methods. She has provided expert testimony before the US Congress and consulted with the OECD and the Canadian, UK, and US governments. Before joining the Knowlton School, Dr. Clark taught at Cornell University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.  



Urban and regional planning

Regional economic development

Inclusive innovation

Economic geography