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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Humanities Faculty Kette Thomas Portrait

Kette Thomas

PhD, Comparative Literature, New York University at Stony Brook


(906) 487-3251

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

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Erin Smith

Erin Smith

PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison


(906) 487-3263

Director, Humanities Digital Media Zone

Dr. Erin Smith is the Director of Humanities Digital Media and teaches film and digital media. She also organizes the annual 41 North Film Festival, which brings independent films and filmmakers to campus each Fall, and advises the Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise Team. She edited and co-produced (with director Suzanne

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L. Syd M Johnson

PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York


(906) 487-3232

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Humanities

Dr. L. Syd M. Johnson's work in neuroethics and bioethics focuses on the ethical implications of developments in neuroscience, particularly those related to disorders of consciousness and traumatic brain injury. She is especially interested in issues of quality of life related to "halfway technologies" that can result in partial