Dr. Sweet received her Bachelors Degree from Boston University in Soviet and East European Studies. Her Masters in Urban Planning and Policy and PhD in Public Policy Analysis are from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Most of her research has focused on analyzing international, national, and local economic development policies and their gender ramification, particularly for women of color. She has spent a significant amount of time in Mexico and Russia. During the spring semester of 2005 she was a Rockefeller Resident Fellow at the National Autonomous University of Mexico where she presented a cross national study of women's economic empowerment including evidence from Mexico and Russia. The data on Russia was collected while a Visiting Professor in Omsk State University through the Civic Education Project. She also was awarded a grant from the State of Illinois for a year long study on Latinas in the Chicago area workforce. Recently she has started working on issues of gender violence and the implications of planning and especially economic development planning for this troubling and growing phenomenon. In Ulan Ude, at Buryat State University she will teach two classes, one on international economic development and the other on qualitative methods in economic analysis that will lead to a studio with student developing projects assessing women and economic development in their communities. She especially hopes to work with native women. She also will be enjoying Russian bath houses, befedok, and Russian mayonnaise.