Professor Clark has a Ph.D. in geography from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin.
Professor Clark’s research centers on food and agricultural system policy, planning and economic development, along with sustainable food markets and infrastructure. She is interested in the dynamics between urban and rural, producer and consumer, alternative and conventional, and global and local aspects of food systems. Current funded research focuses on opportunities for connecting food security and agricultural economic development policy initiatives, healthy retailing interventions, and policy opportunities for growth of small and mid-size farms engaged in the food system.
Currently, Professor Clark provides statewide leadership for the newly forming Ohio Network of Food Policy Councils and national leadership as a member of the eXtension Food Systems Community of Practice team, a partnership of over two dozen universities.
Before joining the faculty, Clark directed the Center for Farmland Policy Innovation at Ohio State from its opening in 2006 until her departure in 2012. Before coming to Ohio State, she directed American Farmland Trust’s Ohio office, a national non-profit.