Jessie Clark, PhD

Assistant Professor
Jessie Clark

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Arizona, 2012
  • M.A., Geography, University of Arizona, 2007
  • B.A., Geography, University of Oregon, 2004


  • 2014: Assistant Professor, Geography, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2012-2014: Instructor and Advisor of Undergraduate Studies, Geography, University of Oregon

Research Interests

I work in areas of feminist, political, and cultural geography and qualitative methods. I am broadly interested in research topics related to state-society relations, development-security relations, nationalism, ethnicity and gender, religion, migration, and the Middle East. My research projects to date include:

  1. Since 2005, I have conducted research in Kurdish Turkey to understand the relationship between gendered development and security. Specifically, I examine how socio-economic and gendered development initiatives create ideas of political and national belonging, reconfigure family and community relationships, and impact the daily security/insecurity of Kurdish women.
  2. Since 2013, in collaboration with a colleague, I have examined the religious identities and practices of Kurdish women in migrant neighborhoods in urban Kurdish Turkey.
  3. Since 2017, in collaboration with a colleague, I have examined the experiences of first time refugee reception communities in the U.S. and the role of faith communities and inter-faith organization in resettlement efforts.
  4. Finally, I have been involved with student-led research on housing and homelessness in Reno.


I teach Geog 106: Introduction to Human Geography, Geog 314: Field Methods, Geog 487: Geography of the Middle East, Geog 446/546: Political Geography, and various graduate level seminars.


I am available to advise graduate students interested in any area of cultural, political, and feminist geography. Please contact me by email if you are interested in advising opportunities and UNR Geography.


  1. Clark, J.H. 2019. ‘With You, Time Flowed Like Water': Geographies of Grief and Vulnerability in International Research Collaboration. In Vulnerable Witness: The Politics of Grief in the Field, edited by Katie Gillespie and Patricia Lopez. University of California Press. 28-39.
  2. Fluri, J.L. & Clark, J.H. 2019. Political Geographies of Humor and Adversity. Political Geography. 68: 122-124.
  3. Clark, J.H. 2018. ‘The State Kills, We Kill, Everyone Kills': Finding and Framing Humor in the Field. Political Geography. 68:131-138.
  4. Clark, J. 2017. Feminist Geopolitics and the Middle East: Refuge, Belief and Peace. Geography Compass. DOI 10.1111/gec3.12304
  5. Clark, J. 2016. The ‘Life' of the State: Social Reproduction and Geopolitics in Turkey's Kurdish Question. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 106(5): 1176-1193.
  6. Clark, J. 2015. Green, Yellow, Red, and Purple: Gendering the Kurdish Question in Southeast Turkey. Gender, Place, and Culture 22(10): 1463-1480
  7. Clark, J. 2015. ‘Just One Drop': Geopolitics and the Social Reproduction of Security in Southeast Turkey. In Precarious Worlds: New and Contested Geographies of Social Reproduction, edited by Katharine Meehan and Kendra Strauss. University of Georgia Press. 45-62.
  8. Clark, J. 2013. ‘My Life is Like a Novel': Embodied Geographies of Security in Southeast Turkey. Geopolitics 18: 835-855.
  9. Clark, J. & Marston, S.A. 2012. Spatializing and Materializing the Teaching of Muslim Issues in U.S. Undergraduate Geography Courses. Arab World Geographer 15(3): 252-260.