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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Melissa F. Baird

Melissa F. Baird

PhD, Anthropology, University of Oregon, December 2009

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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 . . .

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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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Barry D. Solomon

Barry D. Solomon

PhD, Indiana University, 1983

Contact

906-487-1791
bdsolomo@mtu.edu

Professor of Geography and Environmental Policy

I have spent over 10 years working in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, and also taught at West Virginia University, before coming to Michigan Tech in 1995. I have taken sabbatical leaves at University of California (2 campuses) and University of . . .