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Kendra McSweeney

Kendra McSweeney

Kendra McSweeney

Professor, Geography


(614) 247-6400

1164 Derby Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Human-Environment Interactions
  • Cultural and Political Ecology


  • 2000 Ph.D., Geography, Dean’s Honour List, McGill University, Montreal
  • 1993 M.Sc. Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
  • 1991 B.A., Geography and Environmental Studies, First Class Honors, McGill University, Montreal.

Current CV: McSweeney Web CV Oct 2015.pdf

Interests: Human-Environment Interactions, Cultural and Political Ecology

Current Research: Kendra McSweeney's primary interest is in human-environment interactions, with focus on issues in cultural and political ecology, conservation and development, resilience, demography, and land use/cover change. Current projects include a long-term study of indigenous livelihoods in eastern Honduras, an NSF-funded project on human-forest dynamics in SE Ohio, and a research program that tracks the nature and implications of demographic change among Latin America's indigenous populations.

Courses Taught:
Geography 5751-New Worlds of Latin America
Geography 4101-Undergraduate Research and Professionalization Seminar
Geography 8401-Seminar, Problems in Population and Social Geography: "Hybrid Methods and Fieldwork in Human Geography"

Select Publications:
McSweeney, K., E.A. Nielsen, M.J. Taylor, D.J. Wrathall, Z. Pearson, O. Wang, and S.T. Plumb. 2014. Drug policy as conservation policy: narco-deforestation. Science 343 (31 January): 489-490.

Munroe, D., K. McSweeney, J. Olson, and B. Mansfield. Forthcoming. Using economic geography to reinvigorate land change science. Geoforum.

McSweeney, K., and O.T. Coomes, 2011. Climate-related disaster opens window of opportunity for rural poor in northeastern Honduras. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 108(13):5203-5208.

Jokisch, B., and K. McSweeney, 2011. The potential of the 'autonomous' indigenous survey as a health and demographic tool: an assessment of the 2005 Shuar Survey, Ecuador. Human Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/S 10745-011-9419-6.

Mansfield, B., Munroe, D., and K. McSweeney, 2010. Does economic growth cause forest recovery? Geographical explanations of forest regrowth. Geography Compass 4/5:416-427.

Robbins, P., McSweeney, K., Chhangani, A., and J. Rice, 2009. Conservation as it is: Illicit resource use in a wildlife reserve in India. Human Ecology 37(5):559-575.