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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Maryann R. Cairns

PhD, University of South Florida, 2014

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mcairns@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Cairns’ research focuses on finding culturally appropriate, sustainable, and effective solutions for ensuring equitable access to environmental resources. Her ongoing work assesses water and sanitation infrastructure placement, alternative strategies for wastewater treatment, options for nutrient management, and perspectives on the right to water and sanitation. Her research takes

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Hugh S. Gorman

Hugh S. Gorman

PhD, History and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996

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906-487-2116
hsgorman@mtu.edu

Department Chair, 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

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Timothy J. Scarlett

Timothy J. Scarlett

PhD, University of Nevada, 2002

Contact

906-487-2359
scarlett@mtu.edu

Associate Professor of Archaeology

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