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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Carol A. MacLennan

Carol A. MacLennan

PhD, University of California-Berkeley, Anthropology

Contact

906-487-2870
camac@mtu.edu

Professor of Anthropology, Social Sciences

Carol MacLennan, an anthropologist, studies the industrialization of mining and sugar and their environmental and policy consequences for communities and landscapes. She has recently completed a book on her work in Hawai`i titled Sovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai`i (University of Hawai`i Press, 2014). She is continuing her work in . . .

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Timothy J. Scarlett

Timothy J. Scarlett

PhD, University of Nevada, Reno, 2002

Contact

906-487-2359
scarlett@mtu.edu

Associate Professor

Timothy James Scarlett grew up in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania. After working on his first dig as a 17-year-old high school student,  Tim dedicated his life to the archaeological study of American history. After taking degrees in anthropology and/or archaeology from the University of Arizona (BA, 1991), Boston University (MA, . . .

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Adam M. Wellstead

Adam M. Wellstead

PhD, Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, 2006

Contact

906-487-2115
awellste@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Energy Policy, Social Sciences

I joined the Department of Social Sciences in 2011 after a 15 year career with Canadian federal government. My background in policy and public management will contribute to the research and teaching in the Environmental Policy Program. My research interests include investigating multi-level governance arrangements in the natural resource sector, . . .