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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Timothy J. Scarlett

Timothy J. Scarlett

PhD, University of Nevada, Reno, 2002

Contact

906-487-2359
scarlett@mtu.edu

Associate Professor of Archaeology

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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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 . . .

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Kathleen E. Halvorsen

Kathleen E. Halvorsen

PhD, Forest Resource Management, University of Washington

Contact

906-487-2824
kehalvor@mtu.edu

Professor of Natural Resource Policy

I have a joint appointment with the Department of Social Sciences and the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. As part of the Environmental and Energy Policy Graduate Program, I teach the Advanced Natural Resource Policy and Principles of Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research which is an international class taught to MTU . . .