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Assistant Professor – Instructional
325A Gladfelter Hall
1115 W. Berks St


Latin America, Indigenous Peoples, Economic Development, Diversity, Violence, Immigration


I am an interdisciplinary scholar studying sustainable, healthy, and safe economic/community development with marginalized groups, particularly women of color. Social, spatial and visceral links between economies, identities, and violences drive my research agenda. My work draws from planning, policy, geography, history, anthropology, and sociology to examine individual and community-level responses to institutional and global pressures and constraints, such as immigration policies, economic shifts, changing food systems, increases in unemployment or vulnerability to violence. I comparatively explore Russian, Mexican, Colombian, and US populations and the complicated intersections of sustainability, safety, urbanization and public health. Using body map storytelling and community mapping, I am currently working with Mexican women in Norristown, PA and Yautepec, Morelos, Mexico to document their individual bodily and collective neighborhood experiences of violence and economic engagement as well as trace their community mobilizations to end violence against women. I also have a strong and long running interest and publication record on diversity in the Academy.

My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Sociological Association, the George Soros Civic Education Project, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Fulbright Scholars Program, the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Center for Democracy in a Multiracial Society, the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, Catholic Charities for Human Development, Temple University-International Affairs, Temple University-Collage of Liberal Arts, and Temple University-Faculty Senate.

I received my BA from Boston University in Soviet and East European Studies and a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy as well as a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois Chicago.

Selected Publications

  • Turner K. M., E. L. Sweet, and E. Fornaro forthcoming From Ferguson to Charleston and Beyond: Talking about Race and Diversity in the classroom Communication Teacher
  • D. M. Peters, S. Peterson-Lewis, R. Sanders, E. L. Sweet, K. M. Turner and K. Williams-Witherspoon. 2017 Treading Treacherous Waters: A conversation with Women Faculty of Color on Teaching Race Leadership, in Equity, and Social Justice in American Higher Education–A Reader, edited by C. P. Gause, Peter Lang
  • Sweet, E. L. and Ortiz Escalante, S. 2017 Engaging Territorio Cuerpo-Tierra through body and community mapping: A methodology for making communities safer. Gender Place in Culture 24(4) 594-606
  • Sweet, E. L. 2017 The benefits and challenges of Collective and Creative Storytelling through visceral methods within the neoliberal university, Geoforum 82: 202-203
  • Sweet E. L. 2016 Carceral feminism: Linking the state, intersectional bodies, and the dichotomy of place Dialogues in Human Geography 6(2) 202–205
  • Sweet, E. L. 2016 Locating Migrant Latina Economic Activities in a Diverse Economies Framework: Evidence from Chicago Gender Place and Culture 23(1): 55-71
  • Sweet, E. L. 2016 Gender, Violence and the City of Emotion The Participatory City edited by Y. Beebeejaun, Berlin, Jovis pp 121-127
  • Joshi, S., P. McCutcheon, and E. L. Sweet. 2015 Visceral Geographies of Whiteness and Invisible Microaggressions in ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 14(1): 298-323
  • Sweet, E. L. 2015 Latina Kitchen Table Planning Saving Communities: Intersectionality and Insurgencies in an Anti-Immigrant City in Local Environments: International Journal of Justice and Sustainability 20(6): 728-743
  • Hayes-Conroy, A and E. L. Sweet 2015 Whose Adequacy?: (Re)Imagining Food Security with Displaced Women  in Medellin, Colombia, Agriculture and Human Values 32(3): 373-384
  • Sweet, E. L. and S. Ortiz Escalante 2015 Bringing Bodies into Planning: Visceral Methods, Fear, and Gender Violence, Urban Studies, 52(10) 1826-1845
  • Chakars, M., and E. L. Sweet. 2015 Women and the Economics of Survival Before and After Regime Change: Diverse Economies and Work Strategies in the Russian Republic of Buryatia GeoJournal 79(5): 649-663
  • Sweet, E. L. 2014 Locating Migrant Latina Economic Activities in a Diverse Economies Framework: Evidence from Chicago Gender Place and Culture online first doi:10.1080/0966369X.2014.970135 1-17
  • Ortiz Escalante, S. and E. L. Sweet. 2013 Migrant Women’s Safety: Framing, Policies and Practice in Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City, edited by Whitzman, C. et al., London and New York, Routledge, Chapter 4: 53-72
  • Sweet, E. L. 2013 How Grassroots Women Are Raising Awareness and Enlisting Authorities Against Growing Violence in Peru. The Global Urbanist
  • Sweet, E. L. 2012 New Configurations of Racism after 9/11: Gender and Race in the Context of the Anti-Immigrant City in Reinventing Race, Reinventing Racism, edited by John Betancur and Cedric Harring, Brill Publishers, Chapter 12: 241-257
  • Sweet, E. L., S. Lee and S. Ortiz Escalante 2012 ‘A Slow Assassination of Your Soul’ Race, Citizenship and Gender Identities in the Borderlands of New Economic Places in Transnational Migration, Gender and Rights edited by Ragnhild Sollund, and Liam Leonard, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 99-126
  • Drigo, M. V., C. Ehlschlaeger and E. L. Sweet. 2012 Intimate Partner Violence and Support Systems in Ecologist-Developed Spatially-Explicit Dynamic Landscape Models (Modeling Dynamic Systems), edited by James Westervelt, New York, Springer Publishing Company, Chapter 14: 234-254
  • Sweet, E. L. and H. Etienne. 2011 Commentary: Diversity in Urban Planning Education and Practice Journal of Planning Education and Research 31(3): 332-339
  • Sweet, E. L. and M. Chakars. 2010 Identity, Culture, Land, and Language: Stories of Insurgent Planning in the Republic of Buryatia in Russia Journal of Planning Education and Research 30(2): 198-209 (also see letter to the editor and my response regarding this article)
  • Sweet, E. L. and S. Ortiz Escalante. 2010 Planning Responds to Gender Violence: Evidence from Spain, Mexico, and the United States Urban Studies 47(10) 2129-2147 (19th most downloaded article in Urban Studies in September 2010 and 17th in October 2010) (published in Spanish in Jornadas Estudios Urbanos, Género y Feminismo: teorías y experiencias in 2013: 39-62 ISBN 978-84-616-7657-6)
  • Sweet E. L. 2009 Ethnographic Understandings of Gender and Economic Transition in Siberia: Implications for Planners and Policy Makers European Planning Studies Journal 17(5): 701-718

Courses Taught

  • Urban Society in a Global Economy (BF)
  • Development and Globalization (OLL and BF)
  • Global Cities (OLL)
  • International Urbanization
  • Sustainable Environments (OLL)
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Environment and Development
  • Urban Dynamics: Global, Regional, and Local Connections (BF)

(OLL = class was also taught in an On Line Learning format; BF = class was also taught using a blended online and face to face format)