Humanities @ Michigan Tech

HUMANITIES at Michigan Tech engages in teaching and research across language, culture, and technology. Our scope is international, our approach interdisciplinary. We work at the intersections of communication, composition, literature, modern languages, philosophy, rhetoric, visual studies, linguistics, gender studies, and technical communication. Emerging areas of emphasis include media, global studies, and diversity. In learning and scholarship, students and faculty work to cultivate the whole human being. We help students develop the communicative, analytic, and cultural knowledge to thrive in all aspects of their future lives.

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Patty Sotirin

Patty Sotirin

PhD, Purdue University

Contact

(906) 487-3264
pjsotiri@mtu.edu

Professor of Communication, Humanities

Dr. Patty Sotirin's research involves critical-interpretive approaches to issues of culture, relationality, and gender. Her work draws on discursive theories of communication, critical management studies, cultural studies, feminist theories and qualitative methodologies. She is Editor of Women and Language.

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Kette Thomas

PhD, Comparative Literature, New York University at Stony Brook

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(906) 487-3251
kthomas@mtu.edu

Associate Professor of Diverse Literature, Humanities

Dr. Kette Thomas' work centers on questions regarding identity, agency, and language. She places special emphasis on religion, myth, folklore, autobiography, film, creative essays and the novel. She recently published an article on the Zombie myth and the biblical figure of Lazarus and is doing research on rhetorical and representational models . . .

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Beatrice Smith

Beatrice Quarshie Smith

PhD, English Studies, Illinois State University

Contact

(906) 487-3229
bbsmith@mtu.edu

Director, Intensive English as a Second Language

Professor Smith researches the intersections of language, literacy, globalization, gender relations, economics and technology. Her recent book Reading and writing in a global workplace: gender, literacy and outsourcing in Ghana (2012) explores the literacy conditions of women working in data-processing outsourcing centers. Her research on this topic has been supported by the . . .