Department of Social Sciences

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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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

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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

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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 SS5300 Environmental and Energy Policy. I currently have two main research foci: climate change mitigation and biodiversity