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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Hugh S. Gorman

Hugh S. Gorman

PhD, History and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996

Contact

906-487-2116
hsgorman@mtu.edu

Professor of Environmental History and Policy, 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 the . . .

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Richelle L. Winkler

Richelle L. Winkler

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010

Contact

906-487-1886
rwinkler@mtu.edu

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography, Social Sciences

My research aims to understand and promote rural community sustainability. Most of my work examines population change as both a cause and a consequence of community well-being, and I am particularly interested in the relationships between population, environment, and community well-being. I employ both quantitative and qualitative research methods to answer . . .

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Samuel R. Sweitz

Sam R. Sweitz

PhD, Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 2005

Contact

906-487-1476
srsweitz@mtu.edu

Associate Professor of Anthropology & Archaeology

I am an anthropologically trained archaeologist interested in the impact that the global historical process of industrialization has had on past individuals, societies, and environments and the meaning and relevance of those changes to contemporary people.  I am particularly interested in issues related to the evolving articulations created through colonialism, the . . .