Wendy Ake currently directs the Haas Institute's Just Public Finance project. Prior to joining the Haas Institute, Wendy was a researcher with the Global Justice Program at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University and served on the editorial board of Kirwan’s journal Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary in Global Contexts. She has worked with a number of community-based organizations and advocacy campaigns targeting issues associated with forced migration, refugee rights, internally displaced peoples, environmental politics, democratic media, and social movement building. With formal training in economic geography, physics, and ecology, she has participated in multiple research areas including educational approaches to teaching physics and writing/literacy to address students underrepresented in the field, global food policy, climate change, forced migration, and strategic philanthropy.
She has served as staff and researcher with the Children's Learning Research Collaborative at Ohio State University's College of Education; the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing; the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity; the Physics Education Research Group in the Physics Department at the Ohio State University; the Women's Fund of Central Ohio, and Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights. She earned her master's degree in Environmental Science & Natural Resources at the Ohio State University with a focusing on the intersection of synthetic biology, climate change, and social theory.