Speaker Glennon Sweeney


Glennon Sweeney 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. Her 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.