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Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library

Jeanne Kasperson Research Library


The Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library is dedicated to higher learning and to supporting those who seek to expand their knowledge. The primary mission of the library is to support Clark University’s extensive environmental research programs. This includes but is not limited to programs conducted under the aegis of the George Perkins Marsh Research Institute, the Graduate School of Geography, and the Department of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE). The library is committed to serving the educational functions of the University and the broader community in order to further research related to sustainability and global environmental change, international development, and risk and hazards to society and the environment.


The Kasperson Research Library offers one of the most extensive collections in North America on environmental risk and hazards, environment and development, and the human dimensions of global environmental change. The library’s collection also includes holdings in international development, water resources, technology, energy policy, and sustainability. Over 35,000 books, technical reports, and government documents make up the current catalogued collection. The library receives journals and newsletters related to its focus areas. In addition, the library maintains an expansive internal database of grey literature in its areas of specialization, a collection of over 300 data boxes covering a wide range of topics from AIDS to water pollution, and an extensive collection of holdings on radioactive waste management issues.

Special collections include the Worcester Refugee Archive, a repository for materials and resources related to Worcester’s refugee and forced migrant communities. The collection includes published and unpublished materials on the history, resettlement, community health, livelihoods and material culture of individuals, groups, refugee community organizations, and agencies based in and around Worcester.


  • New expanded circulation policy
  • Personalized research assistance
  • Reference help
  • Comfortable space for individual study or small group projects
  • Library orientation tours/classes for incoming and current students
  • Coordination of class assignments around Kasperson Library resources
  • Compilation of materials for classes
  • Copying/printing/scanning

New Acquisitions

New Acquisitions at Kasperson (2021) 

Food, Environment, and Climate Change : Justice at the Intersections by Erinn Gilson and Sarah Kenehan (2019) 

The Good Farmer: Culture and identity in Food and Agriculture by Rob J.F. Burton…et al. (2021) 

A Recipe for Gentrification: Food, Power, and Resistance in the City edited by Alison Hope Alkon, Yuki Kato, and Joshua Sbicca (2020) 

Assembling Moral Mobilities: Cycling, Cities, and the Common Good by Nicholas A. Scott (2020) 

Street Fights in Copenhagen: Bicycle and Car Politics in a Green Mobility City by Jason Henderson and Natalie Marie Gulsrud (2019) 

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Disaster Resilience: Integrating Mitigation, Preparedness, and Recovery Planning edited by Michael K. Lindell (2020) 

Black Food Matters: Racial Justice in the Wake of Food Justice edited by Hanna Garth and Ashante M. Reese (2020) 

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in South Florida: The View of Coastal Residents by Risa Palm and Toby Bolsen (2020) 

Cultural Models of Nature: Primary Food Producers and Climate Change edited by Giovanni Bennardo (2019) 

Island Futures: Caribbean Survival in the Anthropocene by Mimi Sheller (2020) 

Dwelling in the Age of Climate Change: The Ethics of Adaptation by Elaine Kelly (2019) 

Climate Change, Disasters, and the Refugee Convention by Matthew Scott (2020) 

Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of Saving the Planet by Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin (2020) 

Climate Justice and Community Renewal: Resistance and Grassroots Solutions edited by Brian Tokar and Tamara Gilbertson (2020) 

Climate Futures: Re-Imagining Global Climate Justice edited by Kum-Kum Bhavnani…et al. (2019) 

Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement by Michael Mendez (2020) 

Lessons in Environmental Justice: From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter and Idle No More by Michael Mascarenhas (2021) 

Latinx Environmentalisms: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial edited by Sarah D. Wald…et al. (2019) 

Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger by Julie Sze (2020) 

From the Inside Out: The Fight for Environmental Justice Within Government Agencies by Jill Lindsey Harrison (2019) 

The New Environmental Economics: Sustainability and Justice by Eloi Laurent (2020) 

Water, Rhetoric, and Social Justice: A Critical Confluence edited by Casey R. Schmitt, Christopher S. Thomas, and Theresa R. Castor (2020) 

Hurricane Harvey’s Aftermath: Place, Race, and Inequality in Disaster Recovery by Kevin M. Fitzpatrick and Matthew L. Spialek (2020) 

Disaster by Choice: How Our Actions Turn Natural Hazards into Catastrophes by Ilan Kelman (2020) 

Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Colonialism, Nature, and Social Action by Kari Marie Norgaard (2019) 

A Sense of Viidu: The (Re)creation of Home by the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Australia edited by Niro Kandasamy, Nirukshi Perera, and Charishma Ratnam (2020) 

Wastelands: Recycled Commodities and the Perpetual Displacement of Ashkali and Romani Scavengers by Eirik Saethre (2020) 

Applying Indigenous Research Methods: Storying with Peoples and Communities edited by Sweeney Windchief and Timothy San Pedro (2019) 

Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education: Mapping the Long View edited by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Eve Tuck, and K. Wayne Yang (2019) 

Handbook of Critical Geographies of Migration edited by Katharyne Mitchell, Reece Jones, and Jennifer L. Fluri  (2019) 

Humanitarianism and Human Rights: A World of Differences? edited by Michael N. Barnett (2020) 

Refugees in New Destinations and Small Cities: Resettlement in Vermont by Pablo S. Bose (2020) 

Race-ing Fargo: Refugees, Citizenship, and the Transformation of Small Cities by Jennifer Erickson (2020) 

Practicing Oral History Among Refugees and Host Communities by Marella Hoffman (2020) 

Feminist Political Ecology and the Economics of Care: In Search of Economic Alternatives edited by Christine Bauhardt and Wendy Harcourt (2019) 

Gender Futurity, Intersectional Autoethnography: Embodied Theorizing from the Margins edited by Amber l. Johnson and Benny LeMaster (2020) 

Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on Environment and Nature edited by Douglas A. Vakoch (2020) 

Masculinities in Forests: Representations of Diversity by Carol J. Pierce Colfer (2021) 

Divided Bodies:  Lyme Disease, Contested Illness, and Evidence-Based Medicine by Abigail A. Dumas (2020) 

Journalism, Politics, and the Dakota Access Pipeline: Standing Rock and the Framing of Injustice by Ellen Moore (2019) 

Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance by Nick Estes (2019) 

Renewing Destruction: Wind Energy Development, Conflict and Resistance in a Latin American Context by Alexander Dunlap (2019) 

Governing the Wind Commons: Renewable Energy and Community Development by Keith A. Taylor (2019) 

Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador by Thea Riofrancos (2020)  

Bolivia in the Age of Gas by Bret Gustafson (2020) 

The Routledge Research Companion to Energy Geographies edited by Stefan Bouzarovski, Martin J. Pasqualetti and Vanesa Castan Broto (2017) 

A Question of Power: Electricity and the Wealth of Nations by Robert Bryce (2020) 

Voluminous States: Sovereignty, Materiality, and the Territorial Imagination edited by Franck Bille (2020) 

Jeanne X. Kasperson earned a master’s degree in English from The University of Chicago in 1962 and a master’s degree in library science from Simmons College in 1967. After working in academic libraries at The University of Chicago, the University of Connecticut, and Michigan State University, she joined Clark in 1977 as a research Librarian for the Hazard Assessment Group and subsequently served as Research librarian for the University’s Center for Technology, Environment, and Development, and later the George Perkins Marsh Library. For the years 2000-2002, Professor Kasperson was on leave from Clark with her husband and Clark Professor Roger Kasperson, conducting research at the Stockholm Environment Institute in Sweden.

Throughout her career, Professor Kasperson was also an active researcher, pursuing scholarly interests in the general areas of risk analysis and global environmental change. In 1993, she was promoted to research associate professor in Clark’s George Perkins Marsh Institute. She was the author of more than 80 articles, books and technical reports, editor of several journals and recipient of many research grants. She is also recognized by her colleagues as a key contributor to much of the research undertaken by the George Perkins Marsh Institute. She was co-editor of the Nature and Society section of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers with Roger Kasperson. Professor Kasperson was particularly fond of words and tracking down information that others believed could not be found, leading some colleagues to believe that when she walked through the library “books talked to her.”

Jeanne X. Kasperson was a key member of a highly productive research group at Clark University, first at the Center for Technology, Environment, and Development (CENTED) and later in its successor the George Perkins Marsh Institute. This group worked primarily on risk and hazard issues and later on global environmental change. Jeanne’s role was a combination of researcher, bibliographer, and repository of deep knowledge on the relevant literature, and writer and editor.

Her publications have a prominent place in risk/hazards and global change research. Her early research with other group members focused on hazards theory and methodology, substantially extending the earlier natural hazards paradigm. “Perilous Progress: Managing the Hazards of Technology,” published in 1985, summarized theoretical work and case study applications. Subsequent assessments with Robert Kates profiled the state of hazards research in the mid-1980s. In the latter part of the same decade, she co-authored a series of works addressing the “social amplification of risk,” an integrated analytic approach addressing how society processes and responds to the flow of hazards and hazard events. During the 1990s, she collaborated with Roger Kasperson and Bill Turner on a comparative study of nine environmentally endangered regions around the world, resulting in “Regions at Risk: Comparisons of Threatened Environments,” published in 1995, and a series of related regional monographs published over the next five years. In 2001, she and Roger Kasperson published “Global Environmental Risk,” a work exploring the use of risk analysis to understand global environmental change. A work is currently in preparation collecting significant work of Jeanne and her husband Roger, which will be published in 2003 by Earthscan Press.

Contact Information

Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library

Visiting Address
  • Visiting address:
    18 Claremont Street
    Worcester, MA 01610-1477
  • 1-508-751-4630
Kasperson Library Staff