Dr. Jessica J. Kelly

Department Chairperson and Associate Professor

Dr. Jessica J. Kelly

Contact Information


Office: McComsey Hall 225
Phone: (717) 871-7163

Office Hours

M: 9:20 - 10:00 am and 12:00 - 1:00 pm
W: 9:20 - 10:00 am and 12:00 - 1:00 pm
F: 9:20 - 10:00 am and 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Comments: Spring 2024


  • Ph.D. Geography, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, 2009
  • M.A. Energy & Environmental Analysis, Boston University, 2003
  • B.A. Economics, Environmental Policy & Analysis, Boston University, 2003

Dr. Kelly joined the faculty in the fall of 2008. Her research interests include human dimensions of environmental change, political ecology, women/gender and development, migration, and Latin America. Dr. Kelly’s dissertation, supported by the National Science Foundation, examined the gendered social and economic drivers of reforestation in El Salvador. Other research and work experience highlights include: environmental research in pesticide applications in Massachusetts cranberry bogs and water conservation efforts in the Susquehanna River Basin, and cultural studies in Latino immigrant experiences in Hazleton, PA and archival work with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 141 World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 222 Economic Geography
  • GEOG 295 GIS I: Vector Data Analysis
  • GEOG 296 GIS II: Raster Data Analysis
  • GEOG 343 Latin America and the Caribbean
  • GEOG 307 US Environmental Policy
  • GEOG 407 Global Environmental Policy & Negotiation

University Undergraduate Catalog