Lori L. BakkenProfessor Emerita

I am driven by a passion for creativity and curiosity to understand experiences that facilitate adult learning and promote capacity-building.

For more than 25 years, I have developed educational programs and conducted research and evaluation in the fields of medicine, public health, and higher education. I currently conduct community-based evaluation research in the context of food insecurity and food systems. I work closely with community and nonprofit organizations to evaluate and improve their services, programming and delivery with the aim of greater equity and social justice.

As an evaluation specialist for the Division of Extension, my work centers on evaluation capacity building. I also draw from my Extension colleagues’ local expertise and community relationships when conducting my work with Wisconsin’s communities.


  • Civil Society & Community Studies


  • UW Extension


  • PhD, Continuing and Vocational Education, UW–Madison
  • MS, Medical Microbiology, UW–Madison
  • BS, Medical Technology, UW–Madison