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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Steven A. Walton

Steven A. Walton

Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1999

Contact

(906) 487-3272
sawalton@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor of History

I began my career as a mechanical engineer and then turned to the history of engineering through the history of science and technology. I am principally interested in the intersection of technology, its users, and the technical knowledge that they claim about it. Much of my work, though chronologically diverse, . . .

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Hugh S. Gorman

Hugh S. Gorman

PhD, History and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996

Contact

906-487-2116
hsgorman@mtu.edu

Professor of Environmental History and Policy, Social Sciences

I use history as a lens through which to examine the interaction of technological innovation, policy choices, and uses of the environment, with the goal being to inform efforts to construct an economy that rewards sustainable practices. My most recent project involved an examination of society’s changing interactions with the . . .

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Bruce Seely

Bruce Seely

Ph.D., University of Delaware

Contact

906-487-2156
bseely@mtu.edu

Dean of the College of Science and Arts

Bruce E. Seely is a historian of technology who joined Michigan Tech as an assistant professor in the fall 1986 after teaching at Texas A&M University for five years. He has taught courses in history of technology, as well in American history, Western Civilization, history of science, and science and . . .