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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Richelle L. Winkler

Richelle L. Winkler

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010

Contact

906-487-1886
rwinkler@mtu.edu

Associate Professor of Sociology and Demography, Social Sciences

I am a multidisciplinary scholar operating at the intersections of sociology, demography, geography, community development, and applied social science.  My research is focused on spatial inequality, including patterns of residential segregation and distributions of social and environmental resources. My primary topic of study has been rural communities and especially relationships between . . .

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Patrick E. Martin

Patrick E. Martin

PhD, Anthropology, Michigan State University, 1984

Contact

906-487-2070
pemartin@mtu.edu

Department Chair, Social Sciences

I am an anthropological archaeologist who has focused my attention on the study of the physical remains of industrialization.  My career at Michigan Tech has involved a combination of field and laboratory research for a wide variety of sponsors with the development of a graduate program in industrial archaeology. In . . .

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Susanna D. Peters

Susanna D. Peters

JD, University of Pennsylvania, 1990

Contact

906-487-2391
speters@mtu.edu

Lecturer in Law and Society

Susanna Peters, M.S. , J.D., taught at Wayne State University Law School before coming to Michigan Tech. Her research and teaching interests include constitutional law, intellectual property, cyberlaw, and prisons. She attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School and had the opportunity of clerking for United States District/Circuit Court Judge . . .