Glennon Sweeney

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Senior Research Associate
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  • Metropolitan neighborhood change emphasis on suburban space
  • Food justice
  • Community-university collaboration
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Transformative scholarship 

Glennon joined the Kirwan Institute as a Graduate Research Assistant in 2011 and was hired as a Research Associate in 2015 to build Kirwan’s food justice research program. Glennon’s research focuses on food justice, metropolitan neighborhood change, and building transformative community-university collaborations. Her work in metropolitan neighborhood change seeks to understand the structural drivers of poverty and wealth accumulation across metropolitan space, focusing heavily on understanding the impacts of historical and contemporary policies and the formation of suburban space. Glennon is an applied social scientist engaging in interdisciplinary transformative scholarship; all of Glennon’s research is designed to generate real world impacts, the co-production of knowledge, and dissemination in both community and scholarly contexts. As an applied research institute with an emphasis on impact, The Kirwan Institute enables Glennon to engage freely in transformative scholarship aimed at eliminating racial disparities. Glennon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Political Science, a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning, and is working on her PhD in City and Regional Planning here at The Ohio State University. Glennon is a member of the Worthington Community Relations Commission and the Franklin County Local Food Council. 


Koh, K, Kaiser, M. L., Sweeney, G., Samadi, K., Hyder, A. (2020) Explaining racial inequality in food insecurity in Columbus, Ohio: A Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition analysis. International Journal of Education Research in Public Health. Find the article here

Forcone, T. & Sweeney, G. (2019) Flavors of Meaning. Public Philosophy Journal. Find this article here.

Streiffer, R. Piso, Z., Sweeney, G., Remley, D. & Forcone, T. (2018). An Expanded Understanding of the Ethical Importance of Civic Engagement in Food Sourcing Decisions at the Institutional Level. Public Philosophy Journal. 1:1. Find this article here.

Sweeney, G. & Hanlon, B. (2017). From Old Suburb to Post Suburb: The Politics of Retrofit in the Aging Suburb of Upper Arlington, Ohio. Journal of Urban Affairs. 39:2 (241-259). Article available upon request.

Sweeney, G., Hand, M., Kaiser, M., Clark, J. K., Rogers, C. & Spees, C. (2016). The State of Food Mapping: Academic Literature Since 2008 and Review of Online GIS-based Food Mapping Resources. Journal of Planning Literature. 31:2 (123-219). Find this article here.

Sweeney, G., Rogers, C., Hoy, C., Clark, J. K., Usher, K., Holley, K. & Spees, C. (2015). Alternative Agrifood Projects in Communities of Color: A Civic Engagement Perspective. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. 5:4. Find this article here.


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