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About Jennifer Clark

Jennifer Clark is Professor and Head of the City and Regional Planning Section at the Knowlton School of Architecture in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. She specializes in urban and regional economic development planning. Dr. Clark's most recent book: Uneven Innovation: The Work of Smart Cities (2020) is forthcoming with 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) w/ 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) 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 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. 

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 policy advice and consulting to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Canadian, UK, and US governments as well as serving on nongovernmental policy commissions and committees. 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.


2019 - Present Professor and Head, Ohio State University - Main Campus

Research Interests

urban and regional economic development policy, regional/national innovation systems, advanced manufacturing, industry clusters and industrial districts, optics and photonics industry, and labor market regulation and restructuring

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Contact Information

Jennifer Clark, PhD 
Professor and Head
City and Regional Planning Section
The Knowlton School 
College of Engineering
200F Knowlton Hall
275 West Woodruff Avenue, 
Columbus, OH 43210-1138


Books (5)

Edited Books (2)

Articles (23)