Jesse McClelland


Visiting Assistant Professor in Geography

I joined the Department of Geography in the Spring of 2018, and I am delighted to continue on this year. I am teaching World Geography (GEG 102), Urban Geography (GEG 236), and a special topics course, Economic Geography: Placing Community and Environmental Futures (GEG 244).

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by how cities and towns function, and for whom. But it was only in the course of research on housing rights for a Master's degree in legal studies that I began to recognize why such interests were geographical in nature. Since then, much of my research has sought to understand how the Ethiopian government draws up new capabilities from the broader urbanization process unfolding in East Africa today. While we tend to map urbanization and urban development through changing landscapes and livelihoods, I have focused much of my work on state institutions and the people who work within them, including urban planners. Thinking of urban change in this way allows us to recognize East African cities such as Addis Ababa at the frontier of regional and global processes of urban change.

Geography gives us reason to engage with nearby and far away places at once, and to think critically about our own everyday experiences and practices. When I teach, I want my students to rediscover the social and material connections that surround them, and to press forward in the task of being engaged citizens of the world.

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-244 (ST:Community)

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