Jessie Clark

Jessie Clark

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director


  • 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.