Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4493


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, UK, Geographical and Earth Sciences, 2005-2008
Urban Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship

Ph.D., University of Toronto, Geography, 2000-2005
Begging for Dollars in Gringopampa: Geographies of Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Childhood in the Ecuadorian Andes
Advisors: Sue Ruddick and Amrita Daniere

M.A., University of Guelph, Geography, 1997-1999
Environmental Policy Implementation in Rural China: A Case Study of Yuhang County, Zhejiang
Advisor: Richard Kuhn

B.A., University of Guelph, Geography and International Development, 1992-1996
Area of emphasis: Social and environmental issues in Latin America
Graduated with Distinction

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in poverty, exclusion and social justice. My interests can be subdivided further into six interrelated areas:

Peer Reviewed Publications


Aitken, Stuart C., Kate Swanson, Fernando Bosco and Thomas Herman (Eds.). 2011. Young People, Border Spaces and Revolutionary Imaginations. New York: Routledge. Publisher's Page

Swanson, Kate. 2010. Begging as a Path to Progress: Indigenous Women and Children and the Struggle for Ecuador's Urban Spaces. Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation book series edited by Nik Heynen, Andrew Herod and Melissa W. Wright. Athens: University of Georgia Press. Publisher's Page

Swanson, Kate. 2010. Pidiendo Caridad en la Ciudad: Mujeres y Niños Indígenas en las Calles de Ecuador. Quito: Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO-Ecuador)-Abya Yala. Publisher's Page

Journal Articles:

Swanson, Kate. 2010. 'For every border, there is also a bridge': overturning borders in young indigenous lives. Children's Geographies. 8: 429-436. Download PDF

Shubin, Sergei and Swanson, Kate. 2010. "I'm an imaginary figure:" unravelling the mobility and exclusion of Scottish Gypsy Travellers. Geoforum. 41: 919-929. Download PDF

Cumbers, Andy, Gesa Helms and Kate Swanson. 2010. Class, agency and resistance in the old industrial city. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography. 42:46-73. Download PDF

Swanson, Kate. 2008. Witches, children and Kiva-the-research dog: striking problems encountered in the field. Area 40: 55-64. Download PDF

Swanson, Kate. 2007. "Bad mothers" and "delinquent children": unravelling anti-begging rhetoric in the Ecuadorian Andes. Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography. 14: 703-720. Download PDF

Swanson, Kate. 2007. Revanchist urbanism heads south: the regulation of indigenous beggars and street vendors in Ecuador. Antipode: A Journal of Radical Geography. 39: 708-728. Download PDF

Swanson, Kate, Richard G. Kuhn and Wei Xu. 2001. Environmental policy implementation in rural China: a case study of Yuhang, Zhejiang. Environmental Management. 27: 481-491. Download PDF

Book Chapters:

Swanson, Kate. In Press. Urban ethnography. Chapter in Researching the City: A Guide for Students. Edited by Kevin Ward. London: Sage Press.

Goode, Ryan J., Kate Swanson and Stuart C. Aiken. In Press. From God to Men: media and the turbulent fight for Rio's favelas in G. H. Curti, J. Craine, and S. Aitken (eds.). The Fight to Stay Put: Social Lessons through Media Imaginings of Urban Transformation and Change. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

Swanson, Kate. 2012. Children and young people in Latin America. Pages 187-201 in E. Jackiewicz and F. Bosco (eds.), Placing Latin America: Contemporary Themes in Human Geography, 2nd edition. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. Publisher's Page

Swanson, Kate. 2011. 'For every border, there is also a bridge': overturning borders in young indigenous lives. Pages 103-110 in S. Aitken, K. Swanson, F. Bosco and T. Herman (eds.), Young People, Border Spaces and Revolutionary Imaginations. New York: Routledge. Publisher's Page

Philo, Chris and Kate Swanson. 2008. Afterword: Global Portraits and Local Snapshots in Telling Young Lives: Portraits of Global Youth. C. Jeffrey and J. Dyson (eds.). Temple University Press. Publisher's page