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)

Personal Website:

Research Interests:

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

Current Students:

Alexandre Cursino

Travis Bost

Joanna Kocsis

Raili Lakanen

Neil Nunn

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Dorries H. and S. Ruddick, (forth) Between Concept and Context: Reading Gilles Deleuze and Leanne Simpson in their In/Commensurabilties Cultural Geographies
  • Ruddick  S., L. Peake, G. S Tanyildiz, D. Patrick (2017) Planetary urbanization: An urban theory for our time? Environment and Planning D: Society and Space | First Published July 25, 2017.
  • Ruddick, S. (2017) Grounding our subjectivity in the semiotic web: Or, nature is a language, can’t we read? Dialogues in Human Geography 7(2):161-165.
  • Ruddick, S. (2017) Rethinking the Subject: Reimagining Worlds. Dialogues in Human Geography 7(2):119-139.
  • Ruddick, S. (2016) Governed as it were by chance. Monstrous infinitude and the problem of nature in the work of Spinoza” Philosophy Today 60:(1)89-105.
  • Ruddick, S. (2015) Situating the Anthropocene. Planetary Urbanization and the Anthropological Machine Urban Geography (2013 Urban Geography Plenary Lecture) 36(8):1113-1130.
  • Stephens, L., S. Ruddick, P. McKeever (2015) Disability and Deleuze: An exploration ofbecoming and embodiment in children’s everyday environments Body and Society 21(2): 194-220.
  • McLaren, C., S. Ruddick, G. Edwards, T. Chau, K. Zabjek, P. 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 29: 213-222. Appears as Translators Introduction in Hegel or Spinoza.
  • Macherey, P. trans. S. Ruddick (2011) Hegel reads Spinoza. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 29: 223-236.
  • Dixon, D. and S, Ruddick (2011) Monstrous Irruptions Cultural Geographies 18(4): 431-433.
  • McLaren C., G. Edwards, S. Ruddick, T. Chau, K. Zabjek, P. McKeever (2010) Kindergarten kids in motion: Rethinking inclusive classrooms for optimal learning Educational and Child Psychology 28(1):100-113.
  • 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 18(1): 53-77.
  • 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 17(2): 132-151.
  • Ruddick, S. (1991) Soziale Raume der Stadt. Diskus. 40(4): 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. 3(3): 184-202.
  • Mike Davis with Sue Ruddick (1988) Between a Rock and a Hammer: Civil Liberties in Los Angeles  New Left Review 1(170): 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 5(1): 8-16.
  • Ruddick, S. and Ruth Fincher (1983) Co-operative Housing and Decentralized Health Care in Quebec. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 7(3): 44-71.

Book Chapters

  • Ruddick, S. (2011) Dialectics of Encounter  in Macherey, P. translated by S. Ruddick Hegel or Spinoza vii-xviii.
  • Ruddick, S. (2010) Commentary: Imagining Bodies  in Contested Bodies of Childhood and Youth Palgrave/Macmillan 97-102.
  • Ruddick, S. (2009) Society-Space in Kitchin, R. and N. Thrift (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography Volume 10: Philosophy Oxford: Elsevier 217-226.
  • 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 23-39.
  • Ruddick, S. (2004) Activist Geographies in 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. 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, 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 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, 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, 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 287 – 316.


  • Macherey, P. translated by S. Ruddick (2011) Hegel or Spinoza. University of Minnesota Press 245 pages.
  • Ruddick, S. (1996) Young and Homeless in Hollywood. Mapping Social Identities. London and New York, Routledge 256 pages.
  • Davis M, S. Hiatt, and S, Ruddick (eds) (1990) Fire in the Hearth. The Year Left. Vol. 4 Verso London 350 pages.

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