Wenda Bauchspies

Wenda Bauchspies

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Associate Professor
Department of Community Sustainability


Wenda K. Bauchspies is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in Science and Technology Studies with a focus on feminist theory, social theory and cultural anthropology. In addition to being an associate professor in Community Sustainability, she is the Co-Director for International Research and Engagement for the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) in the International Center. Before coming to MSU she was a Program Director in the Directorate for Social and Behavioral and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation for the Science, Technology and Society Program and Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM. In addition, Wenda has also worked as a professor at Pennsylvania State University and Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as a senior social scientist for the International Crops Research Institute of the Semi-Arid Tropics.

Wenda’s research interests are diverse and center around gender, culture, science and technology. During the course of her career she has looked at women and schooling, everyday technologies of water and electricity, and adoptions/adaptions of agricultural innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa. She works in francophone West Africa and has had the good fortune to travel to Southern and Eastern Africa as well. Her current research interests include the impact of gendered practices on agriculture; feminist development research; and the movement of knowledge through the quotidian.

On campus she teaches graduate courses that support the Gender, Justice and Environmental Change Graduate Specialization: CSUS 858  Gender, Justice and Environmental Change : Issues and Concepts (Cross-listed in: ANP, CJ, FOR, FW, GEO, SOC, and WS) and ANP 859  Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change: Methods and Application (Cross-listed in: FOR, FW, GEO, and SOC).     

Wenda is also an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Sociology at MSU.