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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Adam M. Wellstead

Adam M. Wellstead

PhD, Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, 2006

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906-487-2115
awellste@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Energy Policy, Social Sciences

After a 15 year career with the Canadian federal government (Natural Resources Canada) in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, I was happy to make a mid-career shift and join the Department of Social Sciences. My background in policy and public management will contribute to the research and teaching in the Environmental Policy . . .

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Kari B. Henquinet

Kari B. Henquinet

PhD, Michigan State University, 2007

Contact

906-487-1843
kbhenqui@mtu.edu

Director, Peace Corps Master's International Programs

Gender, Women’s Rights and Household Livelihoods in Niger

I apply my ethnographic experience and training as a West Africa Area Studies specialist in the study of gender relations and women’s rights by examining prominent transnational aid institutions in Niger.  This research highlights: 1) changes in gender roles and access to resources connected to material and . . .

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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 . . .