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An Outstanding International Scholar

Kate Swanson, professor of geography, will give a free public lecture titled “Youth, Migration and Poverty in the Americas” on April 24.
Kate Swanson won this year's Scholars Without Borders Outstanding International Scholar Award for her significant contributions in international research.
Kate Swanson won this year's Scholars Without Borders Outstanding International Scholar Award for her significant contributions in international research.

San Diego State University professor Kate Swanson is the recipient of the Scholars Without Borders Outstanding International Scholar Award for her significant contributions to international research, scholarship and teaching.

The award, which is given annually, recognizes a distinguished faculty member for outstanding contributions to the international arena that go above and beyond their expected duties.

Recipients are recognized at an award ceremony and are invited to give a public lecture on a topic of their choosing. Swanson's lecture, “Youth, Migration and Poverty in the Americas,” begins at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 in the International Student Center Lounge.

About Kate Swanson

Swanson, an assistant professor of geography, has been involved with international research in Latin America, China and Europe. Her research and teaching focus is poverty, urban exclusion and social justice.

Chair of the Geography Department, Stuart Aitken, said that since Swanson joined SDSU in 2008, her work has gained significant national and international attention.

Swanson is recognized for her work with indigenous women and children who beg on the streets of Quito, Ecuador. She lived there for a year and a half, which resulted in her 2010 book, “Begging as a Path to Progress,” published by University of Georgia Press.

Prior to her academic career at SDSU, Swanson was an urban studies postdoctoral fellow at the University of Glasgow.

Scholars Without Borders

Scholars Without Borders is an interdisciplinary honor society made up of approximately 350 SDSU faculty, staff and students. The organization is dedicated to international exchange and service and recognizing scholarly achievement in a global context.

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