Jesse McClelland


Visiting Assistant Professor in Geography

Geography gives us reason to engage with nearby and far away places at once, and to think critically and comparatively about the contexts of our everyday lives. When I teach, I want my students to press forward in the task of being engaged citizens of the world. For the 2019-2020 academic year, I will be offering World Geography (GEG 102) in Fall and Spring, as well as Urban Geography (GEG 236) in the Fall, Political Geography (GEG 215) in the Spring, as well as a course in urban instrastructure in the Twin Cities in J-Term. 

My main research interests focus on the political and legal processes that shape life in cities. Much of my research seeks to understand how the Ethiopian government draws up new capabilities from the broader rapid urbanization process unfolding in East Africa today. As a midwesterner, too, I have long been interested in how cities of the upper midwest relate to broader geographies. Even a single neighborhood can reveal future possibilities born of migration trends, shifting economic forces, environmental change, and political movements. I try to read lots of work by human geographers and others. I am a board member of the AAG Legal Geographies Specialty Group and a member of the Relational Poverty Network.

PhD, Geography, University of Washington
MA, International Human Rights Law, American University in Cairo
BA, Philosophy, Grinnell College

Courses Taught

GEG-102 (World Geography) and GEG-236 (Urban Geography)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
GEG-102 World Geography 4 2019/SP and 2018/FA
GEG-101 Introduction to Human Geography 2 2018/SP
GEG-244 ST:Community 1 2019/SP
GEG-236 Urban Geography 1 2018/FA
GEG-336 Urban and Regional Analysis 1 2018/SP