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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Fredric L. Quivik

Fredric L. Quivik

PhD, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, 1998

Contact

906-487-2110
flquivik@mtu.edu

Professor of History

I joined the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Tech after three decades working in the private sector as a contractor and consultant in historic preservation and history of technology. I am particularly interested in the intersections of technology and the environment, and I have had the good fortune to be . . .

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Mary H. Durfee

Mary H. Durfee

PhD, Cornell University, 1990

Contact

906-487-2112
mhdurfee@mtu.edu

Associate Professor of Government, Social Sciences

My first love is teaching undergraduates, though I have worked with many graduate students as well. I’m proud to me a member of Tech’s Teaching Academy of Excellence.  I try to bring my research into my teaching to keep things lively and up-to-date.

    

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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

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, 1994), . . .