Wenda K. Bauchspies

Wenda K Bauchspies
  • Associate Professor
  • Community Sustainability
  • PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1998


Wenda K. Bauchspies


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 and Sociology, 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 Programs and Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM. In addition, Dr. Bauchspies 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.

At MSU, Dr. Bauchspies teaches graduate courses that support the Gender, Justice and Environmental Change Graduate Specialization: CSUS 858 Gender, Justice and Environmental Change: Issues and Concepts and ANP 859 Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change: Methods and Application. 


Dr. Bauchspies’ 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. Her current research interests include the impact of gendered practices on agriculture; feminist development research; and the movement of knowledge through the quotidian.


  • Community Sustainability
  • GenCen


Bauchspies, W.K. 2019. “Book Review: Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, Heather Anne Swanson, Elaine Gan, and Nils Bubandt (editors). Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene.” Published on Hypatia Reviews Online (https://www.hypatiareviews.org).

Petesch, P., Bullock, R., Feldman, S., Badstue, L., Rietveld, A., Bauchspies, W., Kamanzi, A., Tegbaru, A., andYila, J. 2018. Local normative climate shaping agency and agricultural livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Gender, Agriculture and Food Security. 3(1), 108-130.

Bauchspies W.K., Diarra F, Rattunde F, and Weltzien E. 2017. “An Be Jigi”: Collective cooking, whole grains, and technology transfer in Mali. FACETS 2: 955–968. https://doi.org/10.1139/facets-2017-0033

Ayar, M.C., Bauchspies, W.K., and Yalvac, B. 2015. "Examining Interpretive Studies of Science: Meta-ethnography" Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice. 15(1): 253-265. DOI 10.12738/estp.2015.1.2153

Blizzard, D. and Bauchspies, W.K. 2014. “Stability of Shifting Ground: Ethnography and Practice” Praktyka Teoretyczna : Feminist Epistemologies 4(10)/2013 http://www.praktykateoretyczna.pl/czasopismo/stability-of-shifting-ground

Bauchspies, W.K. 2014. “Presence from Absence: Looking within the Triad of Science, Technology and Development” Social Epistemology. 28(1): 56-69. DOI:10.1080/02691728.2013.862877