Degree: University of Kentucky, 1999
Dr. Wright is an associate professor jointly appointed in the Departments of Community Sustainability and Sociology. She is particularly drawn to the study of rural places and people. Much of her research, teaching and engagement work explores the nexus between food, agriculture, rural culture and sustainability. Her research examines questions of political and cultural change in agriculture and food systems with sensitivity to their consequences for farm families and rural community well-being. These research interests hold promise for bettering our understanding of how to move toward a more sustainable future through practices of equality, inclusion and civic participation. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes. Wynne’s work is geographically linked to the U.S. primarily but she has also conducted research in Hungary and France. Current research projects underway include farm diversification, comparative analyses of Michigan and French farm women, relationship between food, place, and culture, and public engagement in agri-science. Dr. Wright's research has been published in a number of journals and she is co-editor (with Gerad Middendorf) of The Fight over Food: Producers, Consumers, and Activists Challenge the Global Food System (Penn State Press, 2008) which explores the ways everyday Americans are attempting - successfully and unsuccessfully - to transform the food system. Research support for her program of scholarship has been provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, the Ruth Mott Foundation, as well as the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France and the U.S. Department of State, American Embassy, Budapest. She is active in the Rural Sociological Society and is a former secretary of the International Sociological Association's research group (RC-40) on agriculture and food. Wynne held a Fulbright Fellowship in 2006 teaching at Szent Istvan University, Gödöllő, Hungary and in 1997-98 taught at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary as a Civic Education Fellow. Currently, she holds a visiting lectureship at the University of Toulouse – El Purpan, France. Wynne grew up on a mid-sized diversified farm in the midst of the rolling hills of southern rural Kentucky. Today she lives, farms, and eats in Lansing, Michigan.