Gretchen Bakke holds a PhD from the University of Chicago in Cultural Anthropology. Her work focuses on the chaos and creativity that emerge during social, cultural, and technological transitions. After a decade of researching and writing about the energy transition in the United States, she is currently conducting research for a cultural history of the end of fossil fuels. Bakke is a former fellow in Wesleyan University’s Science in Society Program, a former Fulbright fellow, and is currently visiting Research at Humboldt University, Berlin and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. Edited volumes (together with Marina Peterson) include Between Matter and Method: Encounters in Anthropology and Art (2017) and Anthropology and the Arts: A Reader (2017). Her ebullient ethnography The Likeness: Semblance and Self in Slovene Society was published on University of California Press in 2020. Her first monograph The Grid was selected by Bill Gates as one of his top five reads of 2016. Born in Portland, Oregon, Bakke lives in Berlin.
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)/Institute of Design (ID), Lucas J. Daniel Lecture in Sustainable Systems
Graduate School Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Zürich
Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt University, Berlin
Podcast: How do We Fix It?
NPR All Things Considered