Faculty Biography

Jessa Loomis, Ph.D

Jessa Loomis, Ph.D

Visiting Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Office: Jefferson 221

Email: jloomis@clarku.edu

Phone: (508) 793-7337



Dr. Jessa Loomis received her doctorate (2018) from the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky. She also holds an M.A. from Kentucky (2013) and graduate certificates in Social Theory and Gender and Women’s Studies. She received her B.A. in geography (2006) and also holds an M.A. in Teaching from Clark. A Clarkie at heart, she is thrilled to return to campus as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economic Geography.


Professor Loomis is an urban and economic geographer. Her research explores how the financialization of the economy affects the lives of low and moderate-income (LMI) urban residents in the United States. Drawing on 14 months of in-depth qualitative research, her doctoral research examined the implementation of financial coaching programs designed to promote financial inclusion for LMI residents in Boston, Massachusetts. This research examined the nonprofit spaces of the so-called ‘democratization of finance’ and contributes to literature in geography on the everyday life of finance, economic subjectivity and the social and spatial relations of financial dispossession. 

Professor Loomis is also interested in the politics of knowledge production. Along with co-authors, she recently published a response to concerns about the future of economic geography in Environment and Planning A and an article in Progress in Human Geography examining the potential and limits of engaged pluralism in (economic) geography. She has also written with Dr. Ann Oberhauser (Iowa State) on feminist contributions to economic geography and together with Dr. Kelly Kay (UCLA), Dr. Emily Rosenman (Toronto), and Dr. Renee Tapp (Harvard), Dr. Loomis also created and co-organizes the Women in Economic Geography Social Hour at the annual American Association of Geographers Conference.

Selected publications

Rosenman, E., Loomis, J., & Kay, K. (2019). “Diversity, representation, and the limits of engaged pluralism in (economic) geography” Progress in Human Geography. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309132519833453

Cockayne, D., Horton, A., Kay, K., Loomis, J., & Rosenman, E. (2018). On economic geography’s “movers” to business and management schools: A response from outside “the project.” Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, 50(7), 1510–1518. https://doi.org/10.1177/0308518X18796506

Loomis, J. (2018). “Rescaling and Reframing Poverty: Financial Coaching and the Pedagogical Spaces of Financial Inclusion in Boston, Massachusetts” Geoforum, 95, 143-152  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2018.06.014

Loomis, J. (2017). Book review of Rebecca Kinney’s Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America’s Postindustrial Frontier. Antipode. Available at: https://radicalantipode.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/beautiful-wasteland-symposium_loomis.pdf

Murphy, M., M. Jacobsen, A. Crane, J. Loomis, M. F. Bolduc, C. Mott, S. Zupan, A.M. Debbane, R.L. (2015). “Making Space for Critical Pedagogy in the Neoliberal University: Struggles and Possibilities.” ACME 14(4): 1260-1282. Available at: https://www.acme-journal.org/index.php/acme/article/view/1296