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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Nancy Langston

Ph.D., University of Washington

Contact

nelangs3@mtu.edu

Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences

I am an environmental historian who  explores the connections between toxics, environmental health, and industrial changes in  Lake Superior and other boreal watersheds. I am particularly interested in students who wish to focus on environmental health, water and watershed policy, and Great Lakes environmental policy.  I spent 17 years

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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

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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