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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Sarah Fayen Scarlett

Sarah Fayen Scarlett

PhD, Art History, Building-Landscapes-Cultures Program, University of Wisconsin–Madison

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906-487-2420
sfscarle@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor of History

Sarah Fayen Scarlett studies the spatial, material, and experiential aspects of historic landscapes in industrial communities. Her current research focuses on the spatiality of social power and mobility within houses and neighborhoods at the turn of the twentieth century. Dr Scarlett's teaching interests include digital spatial storytelling, documentation of historic structures, . . .

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Nancy Langston

Ph.D., University of Washington

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nelangs3@mtu.edu

Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences

I am an environmental historian who  explores the connections between toxics, environmental health, and industrial changes in  Lake Superior and other boreal watersheds. I am particularly interested in students who wish to focus on environmental health, water and watershed policy, and Great Lakes environmental policy.  I spent 17 years at the . . .

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Mark D. Rouleau

Mark D. Rouleau

PhD, Computational Social Science, George Mason University, 2011

Contact

906-487-2039
mdroulea@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences

I have extensive interdisciplinary experience using Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) and other computer programming techniques to investigate a wide variety of social science phenomenon. At the University of Delaware, in collaboration with my thesis advisor, I developed an agent-based simulation to investigate norm competition in international climate-change policy. In collaboration with . . .