Jennifer Clark

Associate Professor
School of Public Policy

Areas of expertise

  • Manufacturing innovation

Core research

  • Manufacturing, trade, and logistics

Jennifer Clark is associate professor in the School of Public Policy where she is Director of the Center for Urban Innovation and Associate Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation.

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. 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 EU, the Canadian, UK and US governments as well as serving on nongovernmental policy commissions and committees.

Clark's 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). Her current research projects include a new book: Uneven Innovation:The Making of Smart Cities (with Columbia University Press). In addition, she has written numerous articles and book chapters.

Clark is a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (RSA). She is the current Chair of the Economic Geography Specialty Group (EGSG) of the AAG and served as the Chair of the AAG’s Nominating Committee (2017-2018).  Clark is also the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Regional Studies. 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.

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