Dr. Schwan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, where her research focuses on youth homelessness and knowledge mobilization. She completed her PhD in Social Work at the University of Toronto, during which she studied the history of anti-poverty activism and advocacy in Canada.
Dr. Schwan works in partnership with community-based organizations to address social justice issues, with recent research projects focusing on sex trafficking, eviction prevention, arts-based interventions, knowledge translation, and youth homelessness prevention. Using her background in the arts, she also runs jewelry making workshops for women experiencing homelessness and owns a jewelry company called Fierce Deer, through which she employs folks who face barriers to entering the workforce. She is passionate about making research matter, social change, and her cat August.