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, her current work focuses on decarbonization—as it is imagined and built towards, but also as it fails. Bakke is a former fellow in Wesleyan University’s Science in Society Program, a former Fulbright fellow, and is currently a guest professor at Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment (IRI THESys) at Humboldt University. 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 book 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
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Goethe Institut and the Canadian Centre for Architecture
The Royal Irish Academy
Cities, Climate Change and the Problem of Resilience
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University, Stanford CA