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.

Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET)

Prof. Richelle Winkler and the task ahead for HEET as a semifinalist in the national Georgetown University Energy Prize. For more see SS Graduate Students’ Energy Plan Makes Semifinalist Status For her talk to her project team about what's next, see this video.

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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 . . .

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Kelly Ontl

Kelly Boyer Ontl

PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Iowa State University - ABD

Contact

kbontl@mtu.edu

Instructor

Kelly Boyer Ontl is a primatologist and wildlife conservationist studying West African chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) in anthropogenic landscapes of southeastern Senegal. She is the founder of the Falémé Chimpanzee Conservation (FCC) project and also works closely with the Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project.  Much of her research focuses on studying . . .

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Melissa F. Baird

Melissa F. Baird

PhD, Anthropology, University of Oregon, December 2009

Contact

906-487-2366
mfbaird@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Melissa’s work engages multi-sited and comparative and ethnographic approaches to examine how multi-national corporations, the State, private sector, heritage experts, and other decision-makers draw on the rhetoric of heritage, rights, and sustainability in environmental decisions and management. Through the lens of resource frontiers, her research seeks to broaden our understanding of . . .