The Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University is committed to high-quality undergraduate and graduate instruction across the social sciences. Our interdisciplinary faculty’s areas of expertise include anthropology, environmental and energy policy, history, industrial heritage and archaeology, political science, sociology, and geography. We pride ourselves on providing students with the opportunity to engage in hands-on educational experiences and apply academic concepts, strategies, and techniques to contemporary, real-world issues.

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Hugh S. Gorman

Hugh S. Gorman

PhD, History and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996

Contact

906-487-2116
hsgorman@mtu.edu

Professor of Environmental History and Policy, Social Sciences

I use history as a lens through which to examine the interaction of technological innovation, policy choices, and uses of the environment, with the goal being to inform efforts to construct an economy that rewards sustainable practices. My most recent project involved an examination of society’s changing interactions with the . . .

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Audrey L. Mayer

Audrey L. Mayer

PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee

Contact

906-487-2864
almayer@mtu.edu

Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Policy

I have a joint appointment with the Department of Social Sciences and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. My research fits generally within the framework of multidisciplinary sustainability science. I develop and test sustainability indices for their utility to manage dynamic human-environmental systems from local to global scales. I also . . .

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Patrick E. Martin

Patrick E. Martin

PhD, Anthropology, Michigan State University, 1984

Contact

906-487-2070
pemartin@mtu.edu

Department Chair, Social Sciences

I am an anthropological archaeologist who has focused my attention on the study of the physical remains of industrialization.  My career at Michigan Tech has involved a combination of field and laboratory research for a wide variety of sponsors with the development of a graduate program in industrial archaeology. In . . .