Wynne Wright

Wynne   Wright
  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Sociology
  • PhD University of Kentucky, 1999
  • 408A Berkey Hall; 313 Natural Resources
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517-353-5061


Wynne Wright


Dr. Wright is an associate professor jointly appointed in the Departments of Sociology and Community Sustainability. Much of her research 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 women, 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.

Dr. Wright's work is geographically linked to the U.S. primarily, but she also conducts research in 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.

She held a Fulbright Fellowship in 2006 teaching at Szent István University, Gödöllõ, Hungary and in 1997-1998 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 and Ithaca, Michigan.


  • Co-Editor: The Fight over Food: Producers, Consumers, and Activists Challenge the Global Food System
  • Rural Sociological Society
  • Secretary, International Sociological Association's research group (RC-40)