Department of Humanities

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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Ramon A. Fonkoue

Ramon A. Fonkoué

PhD, University of Oregon


(906) 487-2592

Assistant Professor of French and Cultural Studies, Humanities

Dr. Ramon A. Fonkoué's scholarship and teaching focus is on French Language, Francophone, and African Studies in general with an emphasis on cultures and cultural contacts. His research analyzes the contribution of Caribbean and African writers and critics to cultural studies and literary theory. His interests include the relationship

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Laura Kasson-Fiss

Laura Kasson Fiss

PhD in English, Indiana University


Instructor, English

Dr. Laura Kasson Fiss specializes in Victorian media, from children's books to comic operas, with a particular emphasis on humor and what it can tell us about reception. Asking not only "why is this funny" but also "what do you need to know to get this joke," Fiss provides a window

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Diane Shoos

Diane L. Shoos

PhD, Ohio State University


(906) 487-3247

Associate Professor of Visual Studies and French, Humanities

Dr. Diane L. Shoos' research is in the area of the practice and theories of visual representation, including advertising, television, and, especially, cinema. Her scholarship focuses on the representation of women and the construction of female subjectivity in visual texts, the evolving formulations of sexual difference and masculinity in