Sue Ruddick, Professor


Home Campus:
U of T St. George


Contact Information:

Phone:    (416) 978-1589
Location: Room 5059, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)


Research Interests:

  • Critical theory, philosophy (both continental and non-western)
  • UrbanNatures, Socionatures
  • Anti-racism, anti-colonialism
  • Social Marginalization


VIDEO – Ruddick, S. June 26 2014 Macherey’s Spinoza and the Problem of Composition in a Post-Human World. Presented at Brunel University 

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Ruddick, S. (forth) “Governed as it were by chance. Monstrous infinitude and the problem of nature in the work of Spinoza” Philosophy Today.
  • Ruddick, S. (forth) “Situating the Anthropocene. Planetary Urbanization and the Anthropological Machine” Urban Geography.
  • Stephens, L., S. Ruddick, P. McKeever (forthcoming) “’Disability and Deleuze: An exploration ofbecoming and embodiment in children’s everyday environments” Body and Society
  • Ruddick, S. (forthcoming) “Renaturalizing the Subject: Re-imagining Worlds” Dialogues in Human Geography
  • Ruddick, S. (forthcoming) Planetary Urbanism and the worlding of the Anthropological Machine Urban Geography
  • Coralee McLaren, Sue Ruddick, Geoffrey Edwards, Tom Chau, Karl Zabjek, Patricia McKeever 2012. “Studying children’s movement in an integrated kindergarten classroom: Preliminary findings” Children Youth and Environments 22 (1): 145-177.
  • Ruddick, S. 2012. Power and the Problem of Composition Dialogues in Human Geography 2: 207-211
  • Ruddick, S. 2011. “A Dialectics of Encounter” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Vol 29 p. 213-222. Appears as Translators Introduction in Hegel or Spinoza. 4
  • Macherey, P. trans. S. Ruddick 2011. “Hegel reads Spinoza” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Vol 29 p. 223-236
  • Dixon, D. and S, Ruddick 2011. “Monstrous Irruptions” Cultural Geographies 18.4
  • Coralee McLaren, Geoffrey Edwards, Sue Ruddick, Tom Chau, Karl Zabjek, Patricia McKeever 2010. Kindergarten kids in motion: Rethinking inclusive classrooms for optimal learning Educational and Child Psychology
  • Ruddick, S. 2010. “Politics of Affect: Spinoza in the work of Negri and Deleuze” Theory, Culture, Society 27(4): 21-45
  • Ruddick, S. 2008. Towards a Dialectics of the Positive Environment and Planning A 40(11) 2588-2602.
  • Ruddick, S. 2007. “At the Horizons of the Subject: Neo-liberalism, Neo-conservatism and the Rights of the Child. Part One: From ‘knowing’ fetus to ‘confused’ child” Gender, Place and Culture 14(5) 513-526
  • Ruddick, S. 2007. “At the Horizons of the Subject: Neo-liberalism, Neo-conservatism and the Rights of the Child. Part Two: Parent, Caregiver, State” Gender, Place and Culture 14(6) 627-640
  • Ruddick, S. 2006. “Abnormal, the ‘new normal,’ and destabilizing discourses of rights” Public Culture Winter 18:1 length 8,948 words
  • Ruddick, S. 2003. “The Politics of Aging: Globalization and the Restructuring of Youth and Childhood” Antipode 35:2, (March) 334 – 362
  • Ruddick, S. 1996. “Constructing Difference in Public Spaces: Race, Class and Gender as Interlocking Systems”. Urban Geography. Vol.17, No.2, pages 132-151.
  • Ruddick, S. 1991. “Soziale Raume der Stadt”. Diskus. Vol.40, No.4, pages 12-16.
  • Ruddick, S. 1990. “Heterotopias of the Homeless: Strategies and Tactics of Place- making in Los Angeles California”. Strategies. A Journal of Theory, Culture and Politics. Vol.3, pages 184-202
  • Mike Davis with Sue Ruddick 1988. “Between a Rock and a Hammer: Civil Liberties in Los Angeles”.  New Left Review. 170, pages 37-60.
  • Ruddick, S. 1988. “Debunking the Dream Machine: Street Kids in Hollywood – A New Geography of Homelessness: A New Politics of Place”. Children’s Environment Quarterly. Vol.5, No.1, Spring, pages 8-16.
  • Ruddick, S. and Ruth Fincher 1983.”Co-operative Housing and Decentralized Health Care in Quebec”. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Vol.7, No.3, pages 44-71. (Equal contributors.)

Book Chapters

  • Ruddick, S. 2011. “Dialectics of Encounter” in Macherey, P. translated by S. Ruddick Hegel or Spinoza
  • Ruddick, S. 2010. “Cartographies of the Flesh” in Contested Bodies of Childhood andYouth Palgrave/MacMillan 2500 words
  • Ruddick, S. 2009. “Society-Space” in Kitchin, R. and N. Thrift (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography Volume 10: Philosophy p. 217-226 Oxford: Elsevier
  • Ruddick, S. 2004. “Community Safety: Creating Inclusive Communities For Toronto’s Young People” In B. Kidd & J. Phillips (Eds.), From enforcement and prevention to civic engagement: Research on community safety. Toronto: University of Toronto, Centre of Criminology.
  • Ruddick, S. 2004. “Domesticating Monsters: Cartographies of Difference and the Emancipatory City” Loretta Lees (editor) The Emancipatory City London: Sage Pages 23-39
  • Ruddick, S. 2004. “Activist Geographies”. Paul Cloke, Phil Crang, Mark Goodwin (Eds.) Envisioning Human Geographies. Arnold/Hodder, 229-246
  • Ruddick, S. 2002. “ Metamorphoses Revisited: Restricted Discourses of Citizenship” In Joe Hermer (ed.) Disorderly People: The Safe Streets Act and the Policing of Neo- Conservatism, Fernwood Press. Pages 55-65.
  • Ruddick, S. 1997. “Youth, Modernization, Resistance”. In G. Valentine and T. Skelton (Eds.) Cool places: The Geography of Youth Culture. Routledge, London and New York, pages 343-360.
  • Ruddick, S.  1996. “From the Politics of Homelessness to the Politics of the Homeless”. In R. Keil, G. Wekerle and D. Bell (Eds.) Local Places in the Age of the Global City.Black Rose Books, Montreal, pages 165-172.
  • Ruddick, S. 1994. “Die Flintstones aufknacken. Zur Neuordnung der moderne Familie”. (Fracturing the Flintstones. New Family Forms in Canada). In C. Eichorn and S. Grimm (Eds.) Gender Killers. Texte zu Feminismus und Politik. Edition ID-Archiv, Berlin and Amsterdam, pages 129-139.
  • Ruddick, S. 1993. “Das Gesellscahftliche konstruien: Armut, Geslechtverhältnisse und Familie im Goldenen Zeitalter”. (Constructing the Social: A Critique of Modes of Regulation). In A. Demirovic, H-P. Krebs & T. Sablowski (Eds.) Hegemonie und Staat. Dampfboot, Frankfurt, pages 290-303.
  • Ruddick, S. 1990. “The Montreal Citizen’s Movement: The Realpolitik of the 1990’s”.In Mike Davis et al. (Eds.) Fire in the Hearth. The Year Left. Volume 3. Verso, London,pages 287 – 316.


  • Macherey, P. translated by S. Ruddick 2011. Hegel or Spinoza. University of Minnesota Press.
  • Ruddick, S. 1996. Young and Homeless in Hollywood. Mapping Social Identities. London and New York, Routledge, 256 pages.

Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life, Political Ecology, Political Spaces